What does sensible mean?

Definitions for sensible
ˈsɛn sə bəlsen·si·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reasonable, sensibleadjective

    showing reason or sound judgment

    "a sensible choice"; "a sensible person"

  2. sensible, sensitiveadjective

    able to feel or perceive

    "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"

  3. sensibleadjective

    readily perceived by the senses

    "the sensible universe"; "a sensible odor"

  4. sensibleadjective

    aware intuitively or intellectually of something sensed

    "made sensible of his mistakes"; "I am sensible that the mention of such a circumstance may appear trifling"- Henry Hallam; "sensible that a good deal more is still to be done"- Edmund Burke


  1. sensibleadjective

    Perceptible by the senses.

  2. sensibleadjective

    Easily perceived; appreciable.

  3. sensibleadjective

    Able to feel or perceive.

  4. sensibleadjective

    Of or pertaining to the senses; sensory.

  5. sensibleadjective

    Cognizant; having the perception of something; aware of something.

  6. sensibleadjective

    Acting with or showing good sense; able to make good judgements based on reason.

  7. sensibleadjective

    Characterized more by usefulness or practicality than by fashionableness, especially of clothing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sensibleadjective

    Etymology: sensible, French; sensilis, Latin.

    Would your cambrick were as sensible as your finger, that you might leave pricking it for pity. William Shakespeare.

    These be those discourses of God, whose effects those that live witness in themselves; the sensible in their sensible natures, the reasonable in their reasonable souls. Walter Raleigh.

    A blind man conceives not colours, but under the notion of some other sensible faculty. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    By reason man attaineth unto the knowledge of things that are and are not sensible: it resteth, therefore, that we search how man attaineth unto the knowledge of such things unsensible as are to be known. Richard Hooker.

    Is this a dagger which I see before me,
    The handle tow’rd my hand? Come, let me clutch thee:
    I have thee not, and yet I see thee still:
    Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
    To feeling as to sight? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The space left and acquired in every sensible moment in such slow progressions, is so inconsiderable, that it cannot possibly move the sense. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    It is manifest that the heavens are void of all sensible resistance, and by consequence of all sensible matter. Newton.

    The far greater part of men are no otherwise moved than by sense, and have neither leisure nor ability so far to improve their power of reflection, as to be capable of conceiving the divine perfections, without the assistance of sensible objects. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Air is sensible to the touch by its motion, and by its resistance to bodies moved in it. John Arbuthnot, on Air.

    Idleness was punished by so many stripes in publick, and the disgrace was more sensible than the pain. William Temple.

    This must needs remove
    The sensible of pain. John Milton.

    I saw you in the East at your first arising: I was as soon sensible as any of that light, when just shooting out, and beginning to travel upwards to the meridian. Dryden.

    I do not say there is no soul in man, because he is not sensible of it in his sleep; but I do say, he cannot think at any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it. John Locke.

    The versification is as beautiful as the description complete; every ear must be sensible of it. William Broome, Notes on the Odyss.

    If thou wert sensible of courtesy,
    I should not make so great a shew of zeal. William Shakespeare.

    Even I, the bold, the sensible of wrong,
    Restrain’d by shame, was forc’d to hold my tongue. Dryd.

    They are very sensible that they had better have pushed their conquests on the other side of the Adriatick; for then their territories would have lain together. Addison.

    I have been tired with accounts from sensible men, furnished with matters of fact, which have happened within their own knowledge. Addison.


  1. sensible

    Sensible is an adjective that refers to the quality of being practical, logical, or showing good judgment. It can also describe something as reasonable, appropriate and understandable. In some contexts, it can refer to capable of sensing or perceiving something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sensibleadjective

    capable of being perceived by the senses; apprehensible through the bodily organs; hence, also, perceptible to the mind; making an impression upon the sense, reason, or understanding; ////// heat; sensible resistance

  2. Sensibleadjective

    having the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; capable of perceiving by the instrumentality of the proper organs; liable to be affected physsically or mentally; impressible

  3. Sensibleadjective

    hence: Liable to impression from without; easily affected; having nice perception or acute feeling; sensitive; also, readily moved or affected by natural agents; delicate; as, a sensible thermometer

  4. Sensibleadjective

    perceiving or having perception, either by the senses or the mind; cognizant; perceiving so clearly as to be convinced; satisfied; persuaded

  5. Sensibleadjective

    having moral perception; capable of being affected by moral good or evil

  6. Sensibleadjective

    possessing or containing sense or reason; giftedwith, or characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent; wise

  7. Sensiblenoun

    sensation; sensibility

  8. Sensiblenoun

    that which impresses itself on the sense; anything perceptible

  9. Sensiblenoun

    that which has sensibility; a sensitive being

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sensible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3737

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sensible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2193

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sensible' in Adjectives Frequency: #475

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sensible in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sensible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sensible in a Sentence

  1. Bernstein Research analyst Bruno Monteyne:

    This is bringing forward the profit trough, bringing forward the pain of unstretching the accounts, while many people will focus on the initial profit guidance, we consider this a sensible decision to start early with the necessary reset of accounts.

  2. John Stuart Mill:

    Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians.

  3. W. H. Auden:

    No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

  4. Eden Phillpotts:

    The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none.

  5. Edmund Shing:

    It would be appear to be more of the same for Tesco. We all know that pricing pressure on retailers is intense, in particular on clothing retailers and supermarkets, however, this may be the last 'big bath' provisioning and resetting of forecasts by the new CEO so that Tesco can relaunch on a sensible footing.

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Translations for sensible

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  • waarneembaarAfrikaans
  • معقولArabic
  • assenyat, sensatCatalan, Valencian
  • wahrnehmbar, spürbar, vernünftigGerman
  • komprenemaEsperanto
  • razonable, sensatoSpanish
  • tietoinen, järkevä, järjellinen, ymmärrettävä, käytännöllisyysFinnish
  • sensé, raisonnable, sensibleFrench
  • céadfaíoch, céadfach, inchéadfaithe, réasúnta, ciallmharIrish
  • toinnte, glicScottish Gaelic
  • érzékenyHungarian
  • խելամիտArmenian
  • 賢明なJapanese
  • 현명한Korean
  • عاقڵKurdish
  • suvokiamas protu, pajėgus pajusti ar suvokti, lengvai suvokiamasLithuanian
  • praktisch, zinnig, aanzienlijk, functioneel, aanwijsbaar, gevoelig, waarneembaar, merkbaar, verstandigDutch
  • fornuftigNorwegian
  • sensownyPolish
  • sensatoPortuguese
  • chibzuit, inteligent, sesizabil, logic, considerabil, rezonabil, simțitor, mare, apreciabil, rațional, conștient, sensibil, perceptibil, observabil, practicRomanian
  • здравомы́слящий, целесообра́зный, разу́мный, чувстви́тельный, восприи́мчивый, ощути́мый, благоразу́мный, рациона́льный, здра́вый, сознаю́щий, практи́чный, зна́ющийRussian
  • fSwedish
  • розумнийUkrainian
  • פיליקYiddish
  • 明智的Chinese

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