sensible

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
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adj 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
conscious
knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
sensitive
responsive to physical stimuli
Antonyms:
insensible
incapable of physical sensation
incognizant, unaware
(often followed by `of') not aware
unconscious
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
insensitive
not responsive to physical stimuli
insensitive
deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive
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adj readily perceived by the senses

“the sensible universe”
“a sensible odor”
Synonyms:
perceptible
capable of being perceived by the mind or senses

adj 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
logical
capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning
rational
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
valid
well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
Antonyms:
unreasonable
not reasonable; not showing good judgment
illogical, unlogical
lacking in correct logical relation
immoderate
beyond reasonable limits
irrational
not consistent with or using reason
counterintuitive
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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adj 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”
Synonyms:
aware, cognisant, cognizant
(sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception

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