[syn: sensitivity, sensitiveness, sensibility]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sensibility \Sen`si*bil"i*ty\, n.; pl. Sensibilities. [Cf. F.
sensibilit['e], LL. sensibilitas.]
1. (Physiol.) The quality or state of being sensible, or
capable of sensation; capacity to feel or perceive.
2. The capacity of emotion or feeling, as distinguished from
the intellect and the will; peculiar susceptibility of
impression, pleasurable or painful; delicacy of feeling;
quick emotion or sympathy; as, sensibility to pleasure or
pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite
sensibility; -- often used in the plural. "Sensibilities
so fine!" --Cowper.
The true lawgiver ought to have a heart full of
His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of
patriotism than of wounded pride. --Marshall.
3. Experience of sensation; actual feeling.
This adds greatly to my sensibility. --Burke.
4. That quality of an instrument which makes it indicate very
slight changes of condition; delicacy; as, the sensibility
of a balance, or of a thermometer.
Syn: Taste; susceptibility; feeling. See Taste.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: mental responsiveness and awareness [syn: sensibility,
esthesia, aesthesia] [ant: insensibility]
2: refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions;
"cruelty offended his sensibility"
3: (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty
of sensation; "sensitivity to pain" [syn: sensitivity,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
129 Moby Thesaurus words for "sensibility":
acuity, acumen, acuteness, adaptability, affectibility, affection,
affectivity, agreeability, amenability, apperception, appreciation,
appreciation of differences, appreciativeness, artistic judgment,
astuteness, awareness, bendability, cogency, cognition, cognizance,
connoisseurship, consciousness, critical niceness, criticalness,
delicacy, discernment, discriminating taste, discriminatingness,
discrimination, discriminativeness, ductibility, ductility,
elasticity, emotion, emotions, extendibility, extensibility,
facility, farseeingness, farsightedness, fastidiousness, feel,
feeling, feelings, fictility, fine palate, finesse, flexibility,
flexility, flexuousness, foresight, foresightedness, formativeness,
give, heart, impressibility, impressionability, incisiveness,
insight, judiciousness, keenness, limberness, limen, litheness,
longheadedness, longsightedness, making distinctions, malleability,
mindfulness, moldability, niceness of distinction, nicety, noesis,
note, notice, openness to sensation, palate, penetration,
perceptibility, perception, perceptiveness, percipience,
perspicaciousness, perspicacity, perspicuity, perspicuousness,
physical sensibility, plasticity, pliability, pliancy, providence,
readiness of feeling, realization, receptiveness, receptivity,
recognition, refined discrimination, refined palate, refinement,
responsiveness, sagaciousness, sagacity, selectiveness,
sensation level, sense, sensibilities, sensibleness, sensitiveness,
sensitivity, sentience, sentiency, sentiments, sequacity,
springiness, submissiveness, subtlety, suppleness, susceptibility,
susceptivity, tact, tactfulness, taste, tensileness, tensility,
threshold of sensation, tractability, tractility, trenchancy,