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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sensible  \Sen"si*ble\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  sensibilis  fr  sensus 
  1.  Capable  of  being  perceived  by  the  senses  apprehensible 
  through  the  bodily  organs;  hence  also  perceptible  to  the 
  mind;  making  an  impression  upon  the  sense  reason,  or 
  understanding;  ??????  heat;  sensible  resistance. 
  Air  is  sensible  to  the  touch  by  its  motion. 
  The  disgrace  was  more  sensible  than  the  pain.  --Sir 
  W.  Temple. 
  Any  very  sensible  effect  upon  the  prices  of  things 
  --A.  Smith. 
  2.  Having  the  capacity  of  receiving  impressions  from  external 
  objects;  capable  of  perceiving  by  the  instrumentality  of 
  the  proper  organs;  liable  to  be  affected  physsically  or 
  mentally;  impressible. 
  Would  your  cambric  were  sensible  as  your  finger. 
  3.  Hence:  Liable  to  impression  from  without  easily  affected; 
  having  nice  perception  or  acute  feeling;  sensitive;  also 
  readily  moved  or  affected  by  natural  agents;  delicate;  as 
  a  sensible  thermometer.  ``With  affection  wondrous 
  sensible.''  --Shak. 
  4.  Perceiving  or  having  perception,  either  by  the  senses  or 
  the  mind;  cognizant;  perceiving  so  clearly  as  to  be 
  convinced;  satisfied;  persuaded. 
  He  [man]  can  not  think  at  any  time,  waking  or 
  sleeping,  without  being  sensible  of  it  --Locke. 
  They  are  now  sensible  it  would  have  been  better  to 
  comply  than  to  refuse.  --Addison. 
  5.  Having  moral  perception;  capable  of  being  affected  by 
  moral  good  or  evil. 
  6.  Possessing  or  containing  sense  or  reason;  giftedwith  or 
  characterized  by  good  or  common  sense  intelligent;  wise. 
  Now  a  sensible  man,  by  and  by  a  fool.  --Shak. 
  {Sensible  note}  or  {tone}  (Mus.),  the  major  seventh  note  of 
  any  scale;  --  so  called  because  being  but  a  half  step 
  below  the  octave,  or  key  tone,  and  naturally  leading  up  to 
  that  it  makes  the  ear  sensible  of  its  approaching  sound. 
  Called  also  the  {leading  tone}. 
  {Sensible  horizon}.  See  {Horizon},  n.,  2. 
  a  . 
  Syn:  Intelligent;  wise. 
  Usage:  {Sensible},  {Intelligent}.  We  call  a  man  sensible 
  whose  judgments  and  conduct  are  marked  and  governed  by 
  sound  judgment  or  good  common  semse.  We  call  one 
  intelligent  who  is  quick  and  clear  in  his 
  understanding,  i.  e.,  who  discriminates  readily  and 
  nicely  in  respect  to  difficult  and  important 
  distinction.  The  sphere  of  the  sensible  man  lies  in 
  matters  of  practical  concern;  of  the  intelligent  man, 
  in  subjects  of  intellectual  interest.  ``I  have  been 
  tired  with  accounts  from  sensible  men,  furnished  with 
  matters  of  fact  which  have  happened  within  their  own 
  knowledge.''  --Addison.  ``Trace  out  numerous  footsteps 
  .  .  .  of  a  most  wise  and  intelligent  architect 
  throughout  all  this  stupendous  fabric.''  --Woodward. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sensible  \Sen"si*ble\,  n. 
  1.  Sensation;  sensibility.  [R.]  ''Our  temper  changed  .  .  . 
  which  must  needs  remove  the  sensible  of  pain.''  --Milton. 
  2.  That  which  impresses  itself  on  the  sense  anything 
  Aristotle  distinguished  sensibles  into  common  and 
  proper.  --Krauth-Fleming. 
  3.  That  which  has  sensibility;  a  sensitive  being  [R.] 
  This  melancholy  extends  itself  not  to  men  only,  but 
  even  to  vegetals  and  sensibles.  --Burton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  showing  reason  or  sound  judgment;  "a  sensible  choice";  "a 
  sensible  person"  [syn:  {reasonable}]  [ant:  {unreasonable}] 
  2:  able  to  feel  or  perceive;  "even  amoeba  are  sensible 
  creatures";  "the  more  sensible  parts  of  the  skin"  [syn:  {sensitive}] 
  [ant:  {insensible}] 
  3:  acting  with  or  showing  thought  and  good  sense  "a  sensible 
  young  man"  [syn:  {thoughtful}] 
  4:  marked  by  the  exercise  of  good  judgment  or  common  sense  in 
  practical  matters;  "judicious  use  of  one's  money";  "a 
  sensible  manager";  "a  wise  decision"  [syn:  {judicious},  {wise}] 
  5:  readily  perceived  by  the  senses  "the  sensible  universe";  "a 
  sensible  odor" 
  6:  aware  intuitively  or  intellectually  of  something  sensed; 
  "made  sensible  of  his  mistakes";  "I  am  sensible  that  the 
  mention  of  such  a  circumstance  may  appear  trifling"-  Henry 
  Hallam;  "sensible  that  a  good  deal  more  is  still  to  be 
  done"-  Edmund  Burke 
  7:  proceeding  from  good  sense  or  judgment;  "a  sensible  choice" 
  [syn:  {judicious}] 

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