Definition of sensible adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsensəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsensəbl//
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  1. 1  (of people and their behaviour) able to make good judgements based on reason and experience rather than emotion; practical She's a sensible sort of person. I think that's a very sensible idea. Say something sensible. I think the sensible thing would be to take a taxi home. Which Word?sensible / sensitiveSensible and sensitive are connected with two different meanings of sense. Sensible refers to your ability to make good judgements:She gave me some very sensible advice. It wasn’t very sensible to go out on your own so late at night. Sensitive refers to how easily you react to things and how much you are aware of things or other people:a soap for sensitive skin This movie may upset a sensitive child. See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  2. 2(of clothes, etc.) useful rather than fashionable sensible shoes See related entries: Describing clothes
  3. 3(formal or literary) aware of something I am sensible of the fact that mathematics is not a popular subject. opposite insensible Use silly (sense 1) or impractical (senses 1 and 2) as the opposite for the other senses. More Like This Words that look like opposites, but aren’t different/​indifferent, interested/​disinterested, famous/​infamous, flammable/​inflammable, savoury/​unsavoury, sensible/​insensible, valuable/​invaluableSee worksheet.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (also in the sense ‘perceptible by the senses’): from Old French, or from Latin sensibilis, from sensus ‘faculty of feeling, thought, meaning’, from sentire ‘feel’.Extra examples Ben’s usually pretty sensible. In the state I was in, this seemed a perfectly sensible remark. That advice sounds sensible enough. This approach seems very sensible to me. Choose a sensible diet and stick to it. Her advice was extremely sensible. I think it’s a very sensible idea. I wish you’d be sensible for once! She was a pleasant, sensible woman. She was a sensible little girl, and would never get into a car with a stranger. That wasn’t a very sensible thing to do! The sensible thing would be to take a taxi home.
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