supersensible

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super- +‎ sensible

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supersensible (comparative more supersensible, superlative most supersensible)

  1. Beyond the range of what is perceptible by the senses; not belonging to the experienceable physical world.
    • 1900, George Santayana, Interpretations of Poetry and Religion, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, Chapter 1, p. 6, [1]
      The imagination, therefore, must furnish to religion and to metaphysics those large ideas tinctured with passion, those supersensible forms shrouded in awe, in which alone a mind of great sweep and vitality can find its congenial objects.
    Heaven is a supersensible realm.
  2. Extremely sensible; excessively sensitive or aware of something.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 16, [2]
      [] the patriotic zeal officially evinced by Claggart had somewhat irritated him as appearing rather supersensible and strained.

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