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Meaning of SENSIBILITY

Pronunciation:  `sensu'bilitee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; "sensitivity to pain"
  2. [n]  mental responsiveness and awareness
  3. [n]  refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions; "cruelty offended his sensibility"
 

SENSIBILITY is a 11 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: sensitiveness, sensitivity
 
 Antonyms: insensibility
 
 See Also: consciousness, exteroception, hypersensitivity, insight, interoception, perceptiveness, perceptivity, photosensitivity, radiosensitivity, reactivity, responsiveness, sensation, sense, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sensory faculty, sensuousness, sentience, sentiency, withers

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sen`si*bil"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Sensibilities}. [Cf. F.
sensibilit['e], LL. sensibilitas.]
1. (Physiol.) The quality or state of being sensible, or
   capable of sensation; capacity to feel or perceive.

2. The capacity of emotion or feeling, as distinguished from
   the intellect and the will; peculiar susceptibility of
   impression, pleasurable or painful; delicacy of feeling;
   quick emotion or sympathy; as, sensibility to pleasure or
   pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite
   sensibility; -- often used in the plural. ``Sensibilities
   so fine!'' --Cowper.

         The true lawgiver ought to have a heart full of
         sensibility.                          --Burke.

         His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of
         patriotism than of wounded pride.     --Marshall.

3. Experience of sensation; actual feeling.

         This adds greatly to my sensibility.  --Burke.

4. That quality of an instrument which makes it indicate very
   slight changes of condition; delicacy; as, the sensibility
   of a balance, or of a thermometer.



Syn: Taste; susceptibility; feeling. See {Taste}.

 

 

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