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sensible +‎ -ly



sensibly (comparative more sensibly, superlative most sensibly)

  1. In a sensible manner; in a way that shows good sense.
    • 1960 March, “Motive Power Miscellany: Western Region”, in Trains Illustrated, page 184:
      [...] but in the damp conditions prevailing the driver sensibly was unwilling to attempt the climb up through Combe Down tunnel without help, for fear of slipping to a standstill in the unventilated bore, [...].
  2. (dated or formal) In a way that can be sensed or noticed; perceptibly.
    • a. 1685, Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon, The Sixth Ode of the Third Book of Horace
      Time sensibly all things impairs.
    • 1873, Thomas Wiltberger Evans, Edward A. Crane, John Swinburne, History of the American Ambulance Established in Paris During the Siege of 1870-71
      This four months' lastingness would doubtless be sensibly reduced if the tent were subject to numerous transportations and repitchings.
    • 1905, in the Transactions of the American Entomological Society, volume 31, page 216:
      4. P. californicum n. sp.
      Very similar in color and sculpture to seriatum. The form is, however, sensibly narrower, averaging very nearly two and one half times as long as wide, while in seriatum the length is ahout two and three- tenths times the width.