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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sensibility  \Sen`si*bil"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Sensibilities}.  [Cf.  F. 
  sensibilit['e],  LL  sensibilitas.] 
  1.  (Physiol.)  The  quality  or  state  of  being  sensible,  or 
  capable  of  sensation;  capacity  to  feel  or  perceive. 
  2.  The  capacity  of  emotion  or  feeling,  as  distinguished  from 
  the  intellect  and  the  will  peculiar  susceptibility  of 
  impression,  pleasurable  or  painful;  delicacy  of  feeling; 
  quick  emotion  or  sympathy;  as  sensibility  to  pleasure  or 
  pain;  sensibility  to  shame  or  praise;  exquisite 
  sensibility;  --  often  used  in  the  plural.  ``Sensibilities 
  so  fine!''  --Cowper. 
  The  true  lawgiver  ought  to  have  a  heart  full  of 
  sensibility.  --Burke. 
  His  sensibilities  seem  rather  to  have  been  those  of 
  patriotism  than  of  wounded  pride.  --Marshall. 
  3.  Experience  of  sensation;  actual  feeling. 
  This  adds  greatly  to  my  sensibility.  --Burke. 
  4.  That  quality  of  an  instrument  which  makes  it  indicate  very 
  slight  changes  of  condition;  delicacy;  as  the  sensibility 
  of  a  balance,  or  of  a  thermometer. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  mental  responsiveness  and  awareness  [ant:  {insensibility}] 
  2:  refined  sensitivity  to  pleasurable  or  painful  impressions; 
  "cruelty  offended  his  sensibility" 
  3:  (physiology)  responsiveness  to  external  stimuli: 
  "sensitivity  to  pain"  [syn:  {sensitivity},  {sensitiveness}] 

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