Definition of sensibility in English:

sensibility

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being able to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic influences; sensitivity.

    ‘the study of literature leads to a growth of intelligence and sensibility’
    • ‘Chinese artists show unique sensibility and emotion in their observation.’
    • ‘Those of us who knew this other Clyde, this man of strong emotional sensibility, are grateful for the experience.’
    • ‘Only then can one understand and respond to her rural and romantic sensibility.’
    • ‘Looking out at their faces, I saw sensibility, intelligence and curiosity.’
    • ‘A remarkable combination of artistic sensibility, tact and emotional precision is at work here.’
    • ‘Yet he doesn't betray the rigorous sensibility and intelligence that is his hallmark.’
    • ‘Such immersion in the language and ways of the Andalusian countryside profoundly influenced his sensibility.’
    • ‘The two men share a certain poetic sensibility, a love of metaphor.’
    • ‘Such dumbing-down of aesthetic sensibility is a triumph for the corporate sledgehammer that has so bedazzled him.’
    • ‘Mature gentlemen should cultivate some sensibility and awareness of the aesthetics of these things.’
    • ‘It used to be assumed anyone of sensibility or intelligence had to be on the Left.’
    • ‘As it was, there was absolutely no aesthetic sensibility at work whatsoever.’
    • ‘This is a school which has been hated by any pupil of any intelligence or sensibility for as long as it has existed.’
    • ‘At the very apex of æsthetic sensibility is the actual artist of which the prime exponent must be the poet.’
    • ‘At the heart of the discourse lay the attempt to define the western sensibility of this emotion as against the oriental.’
    • ‘This game appealed to every aspect of my intellect and aesthetic sensibility.’
    • ‘The inability to hold down a job is no longer seen as a moral failing, but as a sign of heightened sensibility.’
    • ‘An aesthetic sensibility encourages a child to look for harmony, colour and gentleness all around.’
    • ‘The Spanish conquest brought with it a completely different architectural sensibility.’
    • ‘Their films will be appreciated by children but display the kind of humour and sensibility that will endear them equally to adult viewers.’
    sensitivity, sensitiveness, finer feelings, delicacy, subtlety, taste, discrimination, discernment
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    1. 1.1sensibilities A quality of delicate sensitivity that makes one liable to be offended or shocked.
      ‘the scale of the poverty revealed by the survey shocked people's sensibilities’
      • ‘It has outraged the sensibilities of a wide cross-section of people around the world.’
      • ‘They infuriated our mothers' sensibilities and wallets with inane lifestyles and myriad accessories.’
      • ‘You would not want to shock the fragile sensibilities of the unmarried ladies in the room.’
      • ‘The answer is no, even though such an answer may shock the sensibilities of most people.’
      • ‘It's not pretty but somebody has to do it and you can't afford to have delicate sensibilities.’
      • ‘Could it be, dear editor, that I am challenging your sensibilities by writing this letter?’
      • ‘Intolerance has all of these different forms in the sensibilities of a modern man or woman.’
      • ‘Is the frontier a little too foreign and rough to your delicate Eastern sensibilities?’
      • ‘I cannot expose all the putrid facts as it would offend the sensibilities of some of you.’
      • ‘I do not want to offend Thai sensibilities and so I would welcome your advice.’
      • ‘Of course rap is immune to criticism, since it's supposed to offend our sensibilities, not flatter them.’
      • ‘He is, he stresses, a sensitive chap, aware of the sensibilities of others.’
      • ‘Strokes of paint, pencils and pieces of crisp, yummy paper also had the same effect on my sensibilities.’
      • ‘Pity the subject matter offends the sensibilities of anyone with an iota of respect for romance.’
      • ‘My liberal sensibilities aren't happy, but the thoughts that come to my head aren't overly liberal, it has to be said.’
      • ‘That is, of course, when it doesn't offend people's delicate sensibilities.’
      • ‘It is crammed full of items in a way that will probably offend the sensibilities of minimalists.’
      • ‘No one, as far as I am aware, threatened to sue her for wounding their delicate sensibilities.’
      • ‘I felt justified making the remark since she had just insulted my delicate sensibilities.’
      • ‘It cannot be said that it offended the sensibilities of consumers generally or was discriminatory.’
      feelings, emotions, finer feelings, delicate sensitivity, sensitivities, susceptibilities, moral sense, sense of outrage
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  • 2Zoology
    dated Sensitivity to sensory stimuli.

    • ‘He knew full well that his friend was beginning to lose his sensibility but the pain still had a bitter sting.’
    • ‘Threshold tests of sensibility correlated accurately with symptoms of nerve compression.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the power of sensation): from late Latin sensibilitas, from sensibilis ‘that can be perceived by the senses’ (see sensible).

Pronunciation

sensibility

/ˌsɛnsɪˈbɪlɪti/