V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: capacity to sense, feel, and react to something

Synonyms: perception, discernment, sense, keenness, appreciation

Antonyms: apathy, indifference

Tips: Sensibility is what makes us human--it's our ability to feel and respond to emotion and our senses. If you can't get through to someone logically, you can appeal to their sensibilities--their ability to feel and emotionally react to something. You may hear the terms "musical sensibility" or "artistic sensibility;" this means a person has good "feel" for music or art.

Usage Examples:

His artistic sensibility make him one of the most saught-after art consultants in the country. (perception, discernment)

He has an artistic sensibility and seems to know which artists are going to make it and which ones are not. (feeling, sense)

He has a strong musical sensibility and always finds out about great, new music before it becomes mainstream. (feeling, sense)

Try to appeal to his emotional sensibilities and remind him that we all have kids, so it's difficult for us to come in over the weekend. (feelings, senses)

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