Definition for SENS'I-BLE

SENS'I-BLE, a. [Fr. and Sp. id.; It. sensibile.]

  1. Having the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; capable of perceiving by the instrumentality of the proper organs. We say, the holy or the flesh is sensible, when it feels the impulse of an external body. It may be more or less sensible. – Darwin.
  2. Perceptible by the senses. The light of the moon furnishes no sensible heat. Air is sensible to the touch by its motion. – Arbuthnot.
  3. Perceptible or perceived by the mind. The disgrace was more sensible than the pain. – Temple.
  4. Perceiving or having perception, either by the mind or the senses. A man can not think at any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it. – Locke.
  5. Having moral perception; capable of being affected by moral good or evil. If thou wert sensible of courtesy, / I should not make so great a show of zeal. – Shak.
  6. Having acute intellectual feeling; being easily or strongly affected; as, to be sensible of wrong. – Dryden.
  7. Perceiving so clearly as to be convinced; satisfied; persuaded. – Boswell. They are now sensible it would have been better to comply than to refuse. – Addison.
  8. Intelligent; discerning; as, a sensible man.
  9. Movable by a very small weigh: an impulse; as, a sensible balance is necessary to ascertain exact weight. – Lavoisier.
  10. Affected by a slight degree of heat or cold; as, a sensible thermometer. – Thomson.
  11. Containing good sense or sound reason. He addressed Claudius in the following sensible and noble speech. – Henry. Sensible note, in music, that which constitutes a third major above the dominant, and a semitone beneath the tonic. – Encyc.

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