One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly in plural Anything that can be perceived by the senses. Also specifically (in later use): anything which, if sensed, would be a sense-datum; a potential sense-datum.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Abraham Woodhead (1609–1678), Roman Catholic controversialist. From classical Latin sensibile (chiefly in plural sensibilia), use as noun of neuter of sensibilis: see sensible.
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