Other forms: sensibilities

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
  1. noun
    mental responsiveness and awareness
    synonyms: aesthesia, esthesia
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    a lack of sensibility
    type of:
    an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation
  2. noun
    (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions
    “cruelty offended his sensibility
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    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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