Meaning of sensibility


Pronunciation: (sen"su-bil'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.
  2. mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling.
  3. keen consciousness or appreciation.
  4. emotional capacities.
  5. Sometimes,liability to feel hurt or offended; sensitive feelings.
  6. Often,capacity for intellectual and aesthetic distinctions, feelings, tastes, etc.: a man of refined sensibilities.
  7. the property, as in plants or instruments, of being readily affected by external influences.
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