sensibility[sen′sə bil′ə tē]
- Sensibility is your sensitivity to stimulus or other things that makes you react in a certain way.
When you are easily offended, this is an example of your sensibility.
- the capacity for physical sensation; power of responding to stimuli; ability to feel
- the capacity for being affected emotionally or intellectually, whether pleasantly or unpleasantly; receptiveness to impression
- the capacity to respond perceptively to intellectual, moral, or aesthetic values; delicate, sensitive awareness or responsiveness
- liability to be offended, repelled, etc.
Origin of sensibilityMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Late Latin sensibilitas ; from Classical Latin sensibilis: see sensible
- The ability to perceive stimuli: lost sensibility in a toe.
- often sensibilitiesa. 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).