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 sensibility. Burke.

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.

<-- usu. sensitivity -->

Syn. -- Taste; susceptibility; feeling. See Taste.

 

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