Definition of sensibility noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌsensəˈbɪləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsensəˈbɪləti//
    (pl. sensibilities)
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the ability to experience and understand deep feelings, especially in art and literature a man of impeccable manners, charm and sensibility artistic sensibility They are accomplished linguists but have no literary sensibility.
  2. 2sensibilities [plural] a person’s feelings, especially when the person is easily offended or influenced by something The article offended her religious sensibilities. The play gave no thought to the sensibilities of the audience.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the power of sensation): from late Latin sensibilitas, from sensibilis ‘that can be perceived by the senses’, from sensus ‘faculty of feeling, thought, meaning’, from sentire ‘feel’.
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