Suzanne didn't think it was a sensible idea to cross the rickety suspension bridge on her trip to Yalta, but she really wanted to prove to herself that she could do it.
- An example of sensible is a level-headed person who makes good decisions.
- An example of sensible is a good decision that is made.
- that can cause physical sensation; perceptible to the senses
- perceptible to the intellect
- easily perceived or noticed; marked; striking; appreciable
- having senses; capable of receiving sensation; sensitive
- having appreciation or understanding; emotionally or intellectually aware: sensible of another's grief
- having or showing good sense or sound judgment; intelligent; reasonable; wise
Origin of sensibleMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin sensibilis from sensus, past participle of sentire, to feel, sense
- a. Acting with or exhibiting good judgment; reasonable: a sensible person; a sensible choice.b. Not ornate or impractical: a sensible hairdo; sensible shoes.
- Having a perception of something; cognizant: “I am sensible that a good deal more is still to be done” ( Edmund Burke ) See Synonyms at aware.
- Perceptible or appreciable by the senses or by the mind: a sensible difference in temperature.
Origin of sensibleMiddle English from Old French from Latin sēnsibilis from sēnsus sense ; see sense .
(comparative more sensible, superlative most sensible)
- (now dated or formal) Perceptible by the senses.
- Easily perceived; appreciable.
- (archaic) Able to feel or perceive.
- (archaic) Liable to external impression; easily affected; sensitive.
- a sensible thermometer
- Of or pertaining to the senses; sensory.
- (archaic) Cognizant; having the perception of something; aware of something.
- Acting with or showing good sense; able to make good judgements based on reason.
- Characterized more by usefulness or practicality than by fashionableness, especially of clothing.
- "Sensible" describes the reasonable way in which a person may think about things or do things:
- It wouldn't be sensible to start all over again now.
- "Sensitive" describes an emotional way in which a person may react to things:
- He has always been a sensitive child.
- I didn't realize she was so sensitive about her work.
From Latin sensibilis (“perceptible by the senses, having feeling, sensible"), from sentire (“to feel, perceive"), past participle sensus.