The mountain biker's sensibility told him to not come any closer to the territorial bull standing in the road.
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
- pl. -·ties[often pl.]
- 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 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 )