sensiblest; sensibler

Sensible means practical and reasonable. If you're wearing sensible shoes, they're sturdy, comfortable, good for walking, and your feet don't hurt. If you're a sensible person, you're level-headed and calm, and you make wise decisions.

Sensible may not sound exciting — who wants to be like a pair of galoshes, when you can be stilettos? But sensible is the voice of reason, and when you're tooling along in your convertible, you'll be grateful for the sensible 15-mile-per-hour speed limit posted at that sharp turn where the road drops off into the canyon. Sensible comes from the Latin sensibilis, meaning "perceptible by the senses," a meaning that eventually evolved into "having good sense, reasonable."

Definitions of sensible
  1. adjective
    able to feel or perceive
    “even amoeba are sensible creatures”
    “the more sensible parts of the skin”
    synonyms: sensitive
    aware, cognisant, cognizant
    (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
    knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
    responsive to physical stimuli
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    incapable of physical sensation
    incognizant, unaware
    (often followed by `of') not aware
    not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
    anaesthetic, anesthetic
    characterized by insensibility
    asleep, benumbed, numb
    lacking sensation
    not responsive to physical stimuli
    deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive
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  2. adjective
    readily perceived by the senses
    “the sensible universe”
    “a sensible odor”
    capable of being perceived by the mind or senses
  3. adjective
    showing reason or sound judgment
    “a sensible choice”
    “a sensible person”
    synonyms: reasonable
    fair, just
    free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
    capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning
    consistent with or based on or using reason
    commonsense, commonsensible, commonsensical
    exhibiting native good judgment
    healthy, intelligent, level-headed, levelheaded, sound
    exercising or showing good judgment
    tenable, well-founded
    based on sound reasoning or evidence
    well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
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    not reasonable; not showing good judgment
    illogical, unlogical
    lacking in correct logical relation
    beyond reasonable limits
    not consistent with or using reason
    contrary to what common sense would suggest
    indefensible, untenable
    (of theories etc) incapable of being defended or justified
    mindless, reasonless, senseless
    not marked by the use of reason
    undue, unjustified, unwarranted
    lacking justification or authorization
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  4. adjective
    aware intuitively or intellectually of something sensed
    “made sensible of his mistakes”
    “"I am sensible that the mention of such a circumstance may appear trifling"- Henry Hallam”
    “" sensible that a good deal more is still to be done"- Edmund Burke”
    aware, cognisant, cognizant
    (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
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