(?), n.;
pl. Sensibilities (#).
[Cf. F. sensibilit, LL. sensibilitas.] 1. (Physiol.) The quality or state of being sensible, or capable of sensation; capacity to feel or perceive.
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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.
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The true lawgiver ought to have a heart full of sensibility.
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His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of patriotism than of wounded pride.
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3. Experience of sensation; actual feeling.
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This adds greatly to my sensibility.
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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.
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Syn. -- Taste; susceptibility; feeling. See Taste.
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