Sen"si*ble (?), a. [F., fr. L.
sensibilis, fr. sensus sense.] 1.
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.
Air is sensible to the touch by its
The disgrace was more sensible than the
pain. Sir W. Temple.
Any very sensible effect upon the prices of
things. A. Smith.
2. 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.
Would your cambric were sensible as your
3. 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. "With affection wondrous
4. Perceiving or having perception, either by
the senses or the mind; cognizant; perceiving so clearly as to be
convinced; satisfied; persuaded.
He [man] can not think at any time, waking or sleeping,
without being sensible of it. Locke.
They are now sensible it would have been better
to comply than to refuse. Addison.
5. Having moral perception; capable of being
affected by moral good or evil.
6. Possessing or containing sense or reason;
giftedwith, or characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent;
Now a sensible man, by and by a
Sensible note or tone
(Mus.), the major seventh note of any scale; -- so called
because, being but a half step below the octave, or key tone, and
naturally leading up to that, it makes the ear sensible of its
approaching sound. Called also the leading tone. --
Sensible horizon. See Horizon,
n., 2. (a).
Syn. -- Intelligent; wise. -- Sensible,
Intelligent. We call a man sensible whose judgments and
conduct are marked and governed by sound judgment or good common
semse. We call one intelligent who is quick and clear in his
understanding, i. e., who discriminates readily and nicely in
respect to difficult and important distinction. The sphere of the
sensible man lies in matters of practical concern; of the
intelligent man, in subjects of intellectual interest. "I have
been tired with accounts from sensible men, furnished with
matters of fact which have happened within their own knowledge."
Addison. "Trace out numerous footsteps . . . of a most wise and
intelligent architect throughout all this stupendous fabric."
Sen"si*ble (?), n. 1.
Sensation; sensibility. [R.] "Our temper changed . . .
which must needs remove the sensible of pain."
2. That which impresses itself on the sense;
Aristotle distinguished sensibles into common
and proper. Krauth-Fleming.
3. That which has sensibility; a sensitive
This melancholy extends itself not to men only, but
even to vegetals and sensibles. Burton.