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From Dutch census, from Latin cēnsus. Cognate to Afrikaans sensus.


  • IPA(key): [ˈsɛn.sʊs]
  • Hyphenation: sènsus


sènsus (first-person possessive sensusku, second-person possessive sensusmu, third-person possessive sensusnya)

  1. census, an official count or enumeration of members of a population (not necessarily human), usually residents or citizens in a particular region, often done at regular intervals.


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Etymology 1[edit]

From sentiō (feel, hear, see, perceive) +‎ -tus (action noun suffix).


sēnsus m (genitive sēnsūs); fourth declension

  1. faculty or power of perceiving; perception, feeling, sensation, sense
    1. (physically) perception, feeling, sensation
      1. capability of feeling, ability to perceive; sense
    2. (mentally) feeling, sentiment, emotion, affection; sense, understanding, capacity; humor, inclination, disposition, frame of mind
      1. opinion, thought, sense, view
      2. (usually in full sēnsus commūnis) common feelings of humanity; moral sense, taste, discretion, tact in intercourse with men
      3. (transferred sense, poetic) (of the thinking faculty) sense, understanding, mind, reason
        Synonyms: mēns, ratiō
        1. (particularly of discourse):
          1. (abstract) sense, idea, notion, meaning, signification
            Synonyms: sententia, nōtiō, significātiō
          2. (concrete) thought expressed in words; sentence, period
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Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative sēnsus sēnsūs
Genitive sēnsūs sēnsuum
Dative sēnsuī sēnsibus
Accusative sēnsum sēnsūs
Ablative sēnsū sēnsibus
Vocative sēnsus sēnsūs
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Etymology 2[edit]

Perfect passive participle of sentiō (feel, hear, see, perceive).


sēnsus (feminine sēnsa, neuter sēnsum, adverb sēnsim); first/second-declension participle

  1. perfect passive participle of sentiō

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative sēnsus sēnsa sēnsum sēnsī sēnsae sēnsa
Genitive sēnsī sēnsae sēnsī sēnsōrum sēnsārum sēnsōrum
Dative sēnsō sēnsō sēnsīs
Accusative sēnsum sēnsam sēnsum sēnsōs sēnsās sēnsa
Ablative sēnsō sēnsā sēnsō sēnsīs
Vocative sēnse sēnsa sēnsum sēnsī sēnsae sēnsa
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  • sensus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sensus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sensus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • sensus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • sound, unimpaired senses: sensus sani, integri, incorrupti
    • to be endowed with sense: sensibus praeditum esse
    • not to possess the sense of hearing: sensu audiendi carere
    • to come within the sphere of the senses: sensibus or sub sensus subiectum esse
    • to be perceptible to the senses: sensibus percipi
    • the world of sense, the visible world: res sensibus or oculis subiectae (De Fin. 5. 12. 36)
    • to make an impression on the senses: sensus movere (more strongly pellere)
    • a thing makes a pleasant impression on the senses: aliquid sensus suaviter afficit
    • a thing makes a pleasant impression on the senses: aliquid sensus iucunditate perfundit
    • to free one's mind from the influences of the senses: sevocare mentem a sensibus (De Nat. D. 3. 8. 21)
    • something offends my instincts, goes against the grain: aliquid a sensibus meis abhorret
    • the date: dies (fem. in this sense)
    • to possess not the least spark of feeling: nullam partem sensus habere
    • (ambiguous) to come within the sphere of the senses: sub sensum or sub oculos, sub aspectum cadere
    • (ambiguous) to be a man of taste: sensum, iudicium habere
    • (ambiguous) to express oneself in popular language: ad vulgarem sensum or ad communem opinionem orationem accommodare (Off. 2. 10. 35)
    • (ambiguous) to be quite insensible of all feelings to humanity: omnem humanitatis sensum amisisse
  • sensus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016