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Definition of the noun sensibility

What does sensibility mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sensibilities

  1. mental responsiveness and awareness
  2. refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions
  3. (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation

Alternative definition of the noun sensibility


  1. The ability to sense, feel or perceive; especially to be sensitive to the feelings of another
  2. [chiefly in plural] An acute awareness or feeling


"Sensibility": 《Sensibility》는 백지영의 7번째 정규 음반이다. 이 음반에 수록된 곡 중 〈이리 와〉와 〈밤새도록〉은 19세 이상 이용가로 지정되어 미성년자들은 이 노래를 들을 수 없다.


Sensibility refers to an acute perception of or responsiveness toward something, such as the emotions of another. This concept emerged in eighteenth-century Britain, and was closely associated with studies of sense perception as the means through which knowledge is gathered. It also became associated with sentimental moral philosophy.

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Google previewScience Abstracts (1920)

Physics. Section A.

Radio- sensibility is a function of the cell which is being radiated by the same quality and quantity ...

Google previewEducation in Morality (2005)

by J. Mark Halstead, Terence H. McLaughlin

To call this an education of character seems appropriate, for although the sensibility is a faculty of reason answerable to plain...

Google previewThe Aesthetic Impulse (2014)

by Malcolm Ross

Sensibility is a vital faculty affecting the quality and effectiveness of everyone's life – it is not merely the distinguishing characteristic of the cultured classes or of artists. The faculty of feeling is responsible for the basic ability to distinguish formal ...

Google previewPractice and Realization (2012)

Studies in Kant’s Moral Philosophy by Nathan Rotenstreich

to decide whether an action whichis possibleinthe worldof sensibility is a caseunder therule. Itis practical judgment which applies what the rule asserts universally or inabstracto ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

sensibility An important 18th-century term designating a kind of sensitivity or responsiveness that is both aesthetic and moral, showing a capacity to feel both for others' ...

Google previewDictionary of Literature in English (2002)

by Neil King, Sarah King

See sensibility, age of. sensibility, age of: a term that has been used to define a period of literature from ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms (2006)

by Peter Childs, Roger Fowler

Sensibility 215 values and morals. But poets and critics in England never accepted the total primacy of reason, and they were very willing to take over a moral and aesthetic doctrine which was in reaction against a too great demand on reason.

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (2006)

by David Scott Kastan

Yet this appellation may be anachronistic, a retrospective application of the binary opposition between masculinity and femininity that emerged after the turn against sensibility. To see Harley, for example, as feminine requires that we impose ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica (1878)

A Record of the Positive Effects of Drugs Upon the Healthy Human Organism by Timothy Field Allen

Above the elbow the tactile sensibility is much less affected. On the left fingers and forearm, the pressure of the upper point only of the aesthesiometer is perceived. Anterior surface of left arm, 100 mm. Tactile sensibility of lower ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences Part One

by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Sensibility,. Irritability,. and. Reproduction. § 218 (1) The first is theprocess of the living being inside itself. In that processit makesa spliton itsown self,and reduces its corporeitytoits object or its inorganic nature. This corporeity, asan aggregate ...

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Light comes to us by the sensibility. Without visual sensibility there is no light, no movement. (Robert Delaunay)
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Scrabble value of S1E1N1S1I1B3I1L1I1T1Y4

The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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