Sensibility is your ability to feel or be aware of something. Your artistic sensibility might allow you to understand even the most complex work of art.

Sensibility often refers to your ability to respond to emotions or to appreciate artistic works — things that you sense rather than analyze logically. Your poetic sensibility might allow you to choose exactly the right word to create a particular tone when you’re writing. Sensibility can also refer to your sensitivity to good or bad impressions — it’s sort of like your feelings. Used in this way, the word is often plural. Your brother’s thoughtless remarks may offend your sensibilities.

Definitions of sensibility

n mental responsiveness and awareness

aesthesia, esthesia
a lack of sensibility
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an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation

n (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation

sensitiveness, sensitivity
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a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed
extreme sensitivity
reactivity, responsiveness
responsive to stimulation
sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body
photosensitivity, radiosensitivity
sensitivity to the action of radiant energy
excitability, irritability
excessive sensitivity of an organ or body part
sight, vision, visual modality, visual sense
the ability to see; the visual faculty
cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch, touch modality
the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)
audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, hearing, sense of hearing
the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
gustation, gustatory modality, sense of taste, taste
the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
olfaction, olfactory modality, sense of smell, smell
the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
the ability to sense the position and location and orientation and movement of the body and its parts
somaesthesia, somaesthesis, somataesthesis, somatesthesia, somatic sense, somatic sensory system, somatosensory system, somesthesia, somesthesis
the faculty of bodily perception; sensory systems associated with the body; includes skin senses and proprioception and the internal organs
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sensation, sense, sensory faculty, sentience, sentiency
the faculty through which the external world is apprehended

n refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions

“cruelty offended his sensibility
insight, perceptiveness, perceptivity
a feeling of understanding
a sensuous feeling
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sensitiveness, sensitivity
sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)

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