Definition of sensible in English:

sensible

adjective

  • 1Done or chosen in accordance with wisdom or prudence; likely to be of benefit.

    ‘I cannot believe that it is sensible to spend so much’
    ‘a sensible diet’
    • ‘A healthy diet coupled with sensible exercise is the only way to regain one's figure and fitness levels after child birth.’
    • ‘This seems to me to be sensible guidance and likely to result in families being housed together until the children are reasonably mature.’
    • ‘If spending on this scale is sensible, its wisdom ought to be demonstrable.’
    • ‘‘It might be sensible to spend some money wisely in certain areas,’ he said.’
    • ‘Drivers are more likely to respect a sensible approach to road safety such as locally controlled temporary limits, as used successfully by a number of other councils around the country.’
    • ‘The 30 mph limit all the way from Waterhead through the village was surely sensible, and more likely to be obeyed.’
    • ‘They give no quarter to religion, received opinion, stumbling politicians, TV networks or sensible diets.’
    • ‘You might try some exercise and a sensible diet first.’
    • ‘In the meantime, women should be getting the clear message about the many health benefits of adopting a sensible diet and engaging in regular exercise.’
    • ‘And this is likely to encourage sensible treatment decisions, and also lifestyle decisions, so that people can make the best of what might be limited time.’
    • ‘Marrying the two in a mutually beneficial collaboration seems a sensible solution and unlike most marriages, it needn't be expensive.’
    • ‘They manage to make this sound quite sensible and to the benefit of both patients and the NHS.’
    • ‘Her diet was sensible and work load was not causing her undue stress.’
    • ‘A sensible diet will maximise the effects of your training.’
    • ‘Or is it simply sensible and prudent to be thinking about these things now, rather than my more normal method of moving and then sorting out all this sort of thing?’
    • ‘This is a sensible development which will benefit broadcasters and producers alike.’
    • ‘But even if this is true, it's still sensible and prudent not to base our plans on the rosiest of possible outcomes.’
    • ‘But given the pernicious infighting in the sport, it may be some time before punters can fully benefit from a sensible review of outdated laws.’
    • ‘A combination of sensible diet and moderate physical activity can effectively pull the plug on an expanding waistline.’
    • ‘Mr Justice Smyth said he felt the plaintiff was adopting a prudent and sensible approach to the matter and he would approve the settlement.’
    practical, realistic, responsible, full of common sense, reasonable, rational, logical, sound, circumspect, balanced, sober, no-nonsense, pragmatic, level-headed, serious-minded, thoughtful, commonsensical, down-to-earth, wise, prudent, mature
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) possessing or displaying prudence.
      ‘he was a sensible and capable boy’
      • ‘Now why any sensible person, who is supposedly committed to their partner, would begin to think that this could be good for their relationship is totally beyond me!’
      • ‘Next she will be saying she is sensible and sane.’
      • ‘These were sensible people who knew their clientele.’
      • ‘Good, normally sensible drivers start thinking about taking chances.’
      • ‘Emma is a sensible person who likes to read the end of a story to decide if she should bother reading the entire book - if she doesn't like the ending, she figures, why read it at all?’
      • ‘But more sensible people say, ‘Why are you so sold on the notion that this World is all there is?’’
      • ‘And they wonder why any sensible person won't join the party!’
      • ‘In such a situation, what do sensible people do?’
      • ‘Meanwhile the big publishers and the big retailers probably won't disappear, any more than the local supermarket will close if a few sensible people go to the farmers' market.’
      • ‘Vice is like suffering: each individual instance of it is regrettable, but what sensible person would wish to eliminate it altogether?’
      • ‘Did they put a face on their activism, so people could see that the person behind the keyboard was a normal, likable, and downright sensible person?’
      • ‘I don't know Michael, Claudia, or Fred from the Fraser Institute although I'm sure that they're very sensible people.’
      • ‘A number of normally sensible people in Europe have supported this proposition.’
      • ‘What sane, sensible person would throw more than a billion dollars at the overseas sharemarket at a time of major volatility?’
      • ‘Because you are a fair minded person you'll make a point of uncovering these shortcomings in their arguments and sharing what you find with other sensible people.’
      • ‘Considering the array of expertise before the committee, one would think a rational, sensible person would want to give it some thought.’
      • ‘But I do know sensible people who are far, far more optimistic.’
      • ‘And the chefs, brawling in an empty kitchen, will be ignored by sensible people who will eat and enjoy the sandwich, blasphemous ingredients and all.’
      • ‘I see a balance between a very few sensible people and a crowd of craven cretins.’
      • ‘That said, I recognise that there are perfectly sensible people who prefer Beethoven to the Beatles, and who choose to discuss things at a more rarefied level than I care to myself.’
      practical, realistic, responsible, full of common sense, reasonable, rational, logical, sound, circumspect, balanced, sober, no-nonsense, pragmatic, level-headed, serious-minded, thoughtful, commonsensical, down-to-earth, wise, prudent, mature
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  • 2(of an object) practical and functional rather than decorative.

    ‘Mum always made me have sensible shoes’
    • ‘A car for everyone, a sensible, safe, practical tool in which people and luggage can be transported reliably, efficiently and as cheaply as technically possible.’
    • ‘That marked the transition to sensible, practical footwear but she still had to have her swan song.’
    • ‘I felt like a 29 year old kid in a rather sensible sweet shop, buying all the things I've wanted for weeks but done without.’
    • ‘Now that I'm officially old I'll have to settle down, buy a pair of sensible shoes and get something magnificently practical like a winch.’
    • ‘But a classic is a classic, and it remains a thoroughly sensible, practical and useful book.’
    • ‘What I do care about is the practicality of running around in a sandpit with sensible shoes on for 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Since this has happened I have become embarrassed about what I thought to be a practical, sensible coin.’
    • ‘The card is only a fraction of the size compared what were used to seeing with 3D cards, but nevertheless, this type of design is sensible as well as practical.’
    • ‘Part shrine, part purveyor of durable, practical and sensible outdoor gear, MEC has what you need - and they'll tell you exactly what that is and why.’
    practical, realistic, responsible, full of common sense, reasonable, rational, logical, sound, circumspect, balanced, sober, no-nonsense, pragmatic, level-headed, serious-minded, thoughtful, commonsensical, down-to-earth, wise, prudent, mature
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  • 3archaic Readily perceived; appreciable.

    ‘it will effect a sensible reduction in these figures’
    • ‘It is not even sufficient for perceiving merely sensible qualities such as colours and shapes.’
    • ‘And even if it did, our mind's ability to perceive what is sensible would not necessarily be accurate.’
    1. 3.1sensible of/to Able to notice or appreciate; not unaware of.
      ‘we are sensible of the difficulties he faces’
      • ‘For if the reason is sound, it is sensible of the body's diseases: but being itself diseased with those of the soul, it has no judgment in what it suffers.’
      • ‘A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom.’

Origin

Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘perceptible by the senses’): from Old French, or from Latin sensibilis, from sensus (see sense).

Pronunciation

sensible

/ˈsɛnsɪb(ə)l/