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sensible + -ity, from Middle French sensibilité, and its source, Latin sēnsibilitās.
sensibility (countable and uncountable, plural sensibilities)
- The ability to sense, feel or perceive; responsiveness to sensory stimuli; sensitivity. [from 15th c.]
- 2011, William Thomson, Reprint of Papers on Electrostatics and Magnetism, page 204:
- The high sensibility of the divided ring electrometer renders this test really very easy […].
- Emotional or artistic awareness; keen sensitivity to matters of feeling or creative expression. [from 17th c.]
- 2015, Kathleen T. Galvin; Monica Prendergast, Poetic Inquiry II, page 266:
- By poetic ethic I am speaking about the intention to act on, and incorporate into a narrative configuration, values and beliefs that promote a poetic ontology and a poetic sensibility.
- (now rare, archaic) Excessive emotional awareness; the fact or quality of being overemotional. [from 18th c.]
- 1791 (date written), Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects, 1st American edition, Boston, Mass.: […] Peter Edes for Thomas and Andrews, […], published 1792, →OCLC:
- People of sensibility have seldom good tempers.
- (in the plural) An acute awareness or feeling. [from 18th c.]
- 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, →DOI, page 11:
- However, given current sensibilities about individual privacy and data protection, the recording of oral data is becoming increasingly onerous for researchers[.]
- I apologize if I offended your sensibilities, but that's the truth of the matter.
- (obsolete) The capacity to be perceived by the senses. [15th–17th c.]
ability to sense; responsiveness to stimuli
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- "sensibility" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 280.
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