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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɛnsɪkl̩/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɛnsɪk(ə)l/, /-sə-/
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- Hyphenation: sens‧i‧cal
- That makes sense; showing internal logic; rational, sensible. [from late 18th c.]
- 1795, [Samuel Jackson] Pratt, “Letter VIII. To the Same [the Honourable Mrs. B.].”, in Gleanings through Wales, Holland and Westphalia, with Views of Peace and War at Home and Abroad. […], volume I, London: Printed for T[homas] N. Longman, and L. B. Seeley, […], OCLC 731622662, pages 90–91:
- But that, which had more magic for me on this occaſion, was, I confeſs, the very points, which your very ſober, ſenſical people, who are vain of their rationality, would be the leaſt ſatisfied with—the romantic means ſhe uſed to bring this journey of her heart to bear.
- 1895, B. C. Lease [pseudonym; Benjamin Lease Crozer Griffith], A Bachelor’s Divorce. A Comedy in Three Acts, Boston, Mass.: W[alter] H. Baker, OCLC 20924977; republished in Benjamin L[ease] C[rozer] Griffith, Plays and Monologues, [Pennsylvania, Pa.]: The Penn Publishing Company; printed privately, 1901, OCLC 82858670, Act II, page 35:
- Neville (filling Rolinda's glass). Just a drop. / Rolinda. For your sake. [Takes a sip. / Neville. Behold the triumph of a physician over his rival! (Drinks a glass of wine.) Brute force succumbs to science! / Rolinda. Don't be nonsensical. / Neville. I'm very sensical. Just a drop! (Empties another glassful.) […]
- 1998, William Storm, “Tragedy, Tragic, Vision”, in After Dionysus: A Theory of the Tragic, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, →ISBN, page 41:
- The tragic condition, which is characterized most notably by the inevitable separation of mortal being from all that is held as valuable, is as dispassionate as a law of nature. It contains no inherent commentary on its stipulations, and no intrinsic propositions concerning whether its effects are sensical or not.
- 2004, John C. Welchman, quoting Mike Kelley, “Introduction”, in Mike Kelley; John C. Welchman, editor, Minor Histories: Statements, Conversations, Proposals, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, →ISBN, page xxii:
- So it starts with the sensical, and through shifts in syntax and cadence, goes completely abstract.