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sensibility

SENSIBIL'ITY, n.

1. Susceptibility of impressions; the capacity for feeling or perceiving the impressions of external objects; applied to the animal bodies; as when we say, a frozen limb has lost its sensibility.

2. Acuteness of sensation; applied to the body.

3. Capacity of acuteness of perception; that quality of the soul which renders it susceptible of impressions; delicacy of feeling; as sensibility to pleasure or pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite sensibility.

4. Actual feeling.

This adds to my great sensibility. Burke.

[This word is often used in this manner for sensation.]

5. It is sometimes used in the plural.

His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of patriotism, than of wounded pride.




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SENSIBIL'ITY, n.

1. Susceptibility of impressions; the capacity for feeling or perceiving the impressions of external objects; applied to the animal bodies; as when we say, a frozen limb has lost its sensibility.

2. Acuteness of sensation; applied to the body.

3. Capacity of acuteness of perception; that quality of the soul which renders it susceptible of impressions; delicacy of feeling; as sensibility to pleasure or pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite sensibility.

4. Actual feeling.

This adds to my great sensibility. Burke.

[This word is often used in this manner for sensation.]

5. It is sometimes used in the plural.

His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of patriotism, than of wounded pride.


SENS-I-BIL'I-TY, n. [Fr. sensibilité; from sensible.]

  1. Susceptibility of impressions upon the organs of sense; the capacity of feeling or perceiving-the impressions of external objects; applied to animal bodies; as when we say, a frozen limb has lost its sensibility.
  2. Acuteness of sensation; applied to the body.
  3. Capacity or acuteness of perception; that quality which renders us susceptible of impressions; delicacy of feeling; as, sensibility to pleasure or pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite sensibility.
  4. Actual feeling. This adds greatly to my sensibility. – Burke. [This word is often used in this manner for sensation.]
  5. It is sometimes used in the plural. His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of patriotism than of wounded pride. – Marshall. Sensibilities unfriendly to happiness may be acquired. – Encyc.
  6. Nice perception, so to speak, of a balance; that quality of a balance which renders it movable with the smallest weight, or the quality or state of any instrument that renders it easily affected; as, the sensibility of a balance or of a thermometer. – Lavoisier.

Sen`si*bil"i*ty
  1. 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.

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

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Sensibility

SENSIBIL'ITY, noun

1. Susceptibility of impressions; the capacity for feeling or perceiving the impressions of external objects; applied to the animal bodies; as when we say, a frozen limb has lost its sensibility.

2. Acuteness of sensation; applied to the body.

3. Capacity of acuteness of perception; that quality of the soul which renders it susceptible of impressions; delicacy of feeling; as sensibility to pleasure or pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite sensibility.

4. Actual feeling.

This adds to my great sensibility. Burke.

[This word is often used in this manner for sensation.]

5. It is sometimes used in the plural.

His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of patriotism, than of wounded pride.

Marshall.

Sensibilities unfriendly to happiness, may be acquired. Encyc.

6. Nice perception, so to speak, of a balance; that quality of a balance which renders it movable with the smallest weight, or the quality or state of any insrument that renders it easily affected; as the sensibility of a balance or of a thermometer.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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