sensibility


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sensibility

capacity for feeling; responsiveness: She has a great sensibility for her patients.
Not to be confused with:
sensitivity – ability to react to stimuli: sensitivity to light

sen·si·bil·i·ty

 (sĕn′sə-bĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. sen·si·bil·i·ties
1. The ability to perceive stimuli: lost sensibility in a toe.
2. often sensibilities
a. Mental or emotional responsiveness, especially in being offended or in having one's feelings hurt: "The earthy humor of many of the ballads deeply offended her sensibilities" (Anne Stott).
b. The capacity to respond intelligently to refined emotions, especially in art: "They celebrated deeds that fit stereotyped images of noble valor, making the writing flat and tedious to modern sensibilities" (David A. Bell).

sensibility

(ˌsɛnsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Physiology) the ability to perceive or feel
2. (often plural) the capacity for responding to emotion, impression, etc
3. (often plural) the capacity for responding to aesthetic stimuli
4. mental responsiveness; discernment; awareness
5. (usually plural) emotional or moral feelings: cruelty offends most people's sensibilities.
6. (Botany) the condition of a plant of being susceptible to external influences, esp attack by parasites

sen•si•bil•i•ty

(ˌsɛn səˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. capacity for feeling; responsiveness to sensory stimuli.
2. mental susceptibility or responsiveness.
3. Often, sensibilities. acute capacity to respond to blame or praise.
4. Often, sensibilities. capacity for intellectual and aesthetic discrimination: a person of refined sensibilities.
5. the property, as in plants or instruments, of being readily affected by external influences.
[1325–75; Middle English sensibilite < Middle French < Late Latin sēnsibilitās]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sensibility - mental responsiveness and awareness
consciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"
insensibility - a lack of sensibility
2.sensibility - refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions; "cruelty offended his sensibility"
sensitiveness, sensitivity - sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
perceptiveness, perceptivity, insight - a feeling of understanding
sensuousness - a sensuous feeling
3.sensibility - (physiology) responsiveness to external stimulisensibility - (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation; "sensitivity to pain"
sensory faculty, sentiency, sentience, sense, sensation - the faculty through which the external world is apprehended; "in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing"
acuteness - a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed; "dogs have a remarkable acuteness of smell"
hypersensitivity - extreme sensitivity
reactivity, responsiveness - responsive to stimulation
exteroception - sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
interoception - sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body
photosensitivity, radiosensitivity - sensitivity to the action of radiant energy
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms

sensibility

noun
2. (often plural) feelings, emotions, sentiments, susceptibilities, moral sense The challenge offended their sensibilities.

sensibility

noun
1. The capacity for or an act of responding to a stimulus:
2. The quality or condition of being emotionally and intuitively sensitive:
Translations
شُعور مُرْهَف
senzitivnost
følsomhed
næmi; gott skynbragî
jausmaipajauta
jutīgumssmalka uztveres spēja
senzitívnosť
duyarlıkhassasiyet

sensibility

[ˌsensɪˈbɪlɪtɪ] N
1.sensibilidad f (to a)
2. sensibilitiessusceptibilidad fsing

sensibility

[ˌsɛnsɪˈbɪləti]
n
(= awareness) → sensibilité f sensibilities
nplsensibilités fpl
to offend sb's sensibilities → heurter les sensibilités de qn

sensibility

n (to beauty etc) → Empfindsamkeit f; (= artistic sensibility also)Sensibilität f; (= emotional sensibility, susceptibility to insult)Empfindlichkeit f, → Sensibilität f; sensibilitiesZartgefühl nt

sensibility

[ˌsɛnsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ] n (delicacy of feeling) → sensibilità f inv
b. (sensitivity) → suscettibilità f inv

sensibility

(sensiˈbiləti) noun
an awareness of, or an ability to create, art, literature etc showing very high standards of beauty and good taste. a writer of great sensibility.
ˌsensiˈbilities noun plural
feelings that can be easily hurt by criticism etc. Do try not to offend her sensibilities.

sen·si·bil·i·ty

n sensibilidad, capacidad de recibir sensaciones;
physical ______ fisica.
References in classic literature ?
To a person of similar sensibility this simple assertion will explain and excuse everything.
A sensibility too tremblingly alive to every affliction of my Freinds, my Acquaintance and particularly to every affliction of my own, was my only fault, if a fault it could be called.
I mean to win my sister-in-law's heart through the children; I know all their names already, and am going to attach myself with the greatest sensibility to one in particular, a young Frederic, whom I take on my lap and sigh over for his dear uncle's sake.
As Copley departed, happening to glance backward from the threshold, he beheld Drowne bending over the half-created shape, and stretching forth his arms as if he would have embraced and drawn it to his heart; while, had such a miracle been possible, his countenance expressed passion enough to communicate warmth and sensibility to the lifeless oak.
You will think, perhaps, that I must have been a poet, from this early sensibility to Nature.
They read, they talked, they sang together; his musical talents were considerable; and he read with all the sensibility and spirit which Edward had unfortunately wanted.
Wordsworth's own character, as we have already observed, was dominated by a certain contentment, a sort of naturally religious placidity, not often found in union with a poetic sensibility so [97] active as his; and this gentle sense of well-being was favourable to the quiet, habitual observation of the inanimate, or imperfectly animate, world.
'Keep clear of her, my dear fellow; she's the most heartless creature living.' The friend took my part; he said, 'I don't agree with you; the young lady is a person of great sensibility.'
Cousin Laurence was a boy of twelve, a bright scholar, in whom an early thoughtfulness and sensibility began to show themselves.
It was as if some transcendent musician should draw a soul-thrilling sweetness out of a cracked instrument, which makes its physical imperfection heard in the midst of ethereal harmony,--so deep was the sensibility that found an organ in Hepzibah's voice!
When suffering has reached a given point of intensity the nervous sensibility becomes incapable of feeling more.
It is that which, being the immediate and visible guardian of life and property, having its benefits and its terrors in constant activity before the public eye, regulating all those personal interests and familiar concerns to which the sensibility of individuals is more immediately awake, contributes, more than any other circumstance, to impressing upon the minds of the people, affection, esteem, and reverence towards the government.