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



; ˈsensəbl
1 (of people and their behaviour) able to make good judgements based on reason and experience rather than emotion; practicalShe'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.2 (of clothes, etc.) useful rather than fashionablesensible shoes3 (formal or literary) aware of somethingI am sensible of the fact that mathematics is not a popular subject.
for sense 3 insensible
Use silly (sense 1) or impractical (senses 1 and 2) as the opposite for the other senses.
; ˈsensəbli
adverbto behave sensiblyHe decided, very sensibly, not to drive when he was so tired.She's always very sensibly dressed.
Usage noteUsage note: 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.