a. Acting with or exhibiting good judgment; reasonable: a sensible person; a sensible choice.
b. Not ornate or impractical: a sensible hairdo; sensible shoes.
2. Having a perception of something; cognizant: "I am sensible that a good deal more is still to be done" (Edmund Burke). See Synonyms at aware.
3. Perceptible or appreciable by the senses or by the mind: a sensible difference in temperature.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sēnsibilis, from sēnsus, sense; see SENSE.]
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