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 for sensible
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sensible \Sen"si*ble\, a. [F., fr. L. sensibilis, fr. sensus
     sense.]
     1. Capable of being perceived by the senses; apprehensible
        through the bodily organs; hence, also, perceptible to the
        mind; making an impression upon the sense, reason, or
        understanding; ?????? heat; sensible resistance.
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              Air is sensible to the touch by its motion.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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              The disgrace was more sensible than the pain. --Sir
                                                    W. Temple.
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              Any very sensible effect upon the prices of things.
                                                    --A. Smith.
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     2. Having the capacity of receiving impressions from external
        objects; capable of perceiving by the instrumentality of
        the proper organs; liable to be affected physsically or
        mentally; impressible.
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              Would your cambric were sensible as your finger.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. Hence: Liable to impression from without; easily affected;
        having nice perception or acute feeling; sensitive; also,
        readily moved or affected by natural agents; delicate; as,
        a sensible thermometer. "With affection wondrous
        sensible." --Shak.
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     4. Perceiving or having perception, either by the senses or
        the mind; cognizant; perceiving so clearly as to be
        convinced; satisfied; persuaded.
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              He [man] can not think at any time, waking or
              sleeping, without being sensible of it. --Locke.
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              They are now sensible it would have been better to
              comply than to refuse.                --Addison.
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     5. Having moral perception; capable of being affected by
        moral good or evil.
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     6. Possessing or containing sense or reason; giftedwith, or
        characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent; wise.
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              Now a sensible man, by and by a fool. --Shak.
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     Sensible note or Sensible tone (Mus.), the major seventh
        note of any scale; -- so called because, being but a half
        step below the octave, or key tone, and naturally leading
        up to that, it makes the ear sensible of its approaching
        sound. Called also the leading tone.
  
     Sensible horizon. See Horizon, n., 2.
        (a) .
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     Syn: Intelligent; wise.
  
     Usage: Sensible, Intelligent. We call a man sensible
            whose judgments and conduct are marked and governed by
            sound judgment or good common sense. We call one
            intelligent who is quick and clear in his
            understanding, i. e., who discriminates readily and
            nicely in respect to difficult and important
            distinction. The sphere of the sensible man lies in
            matters of practical concern; of the intelligent man,
            in subjects of intellectual interest. "I have been
            tired with accounts from sensible men, furnished with
            matters of fact which have happened within their own
            knowledge." --Addison. "Trace out numerous footsteps .
            . . of a most wise and intelligent architect
            throughout all this stupendous fabric." --Woodward.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sensible \Sen"si*ble\, n.
     1. Sensation; sensibility. [R.] "Our temper changed . . .
        which must needs remove the sensible of pain." --Milton.
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     2. That which impresses itself on the sense; anything
        perceptible.
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              Aristotle distinguished sensibles into common and
              proper.                               --Krauth-Fleming.
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     3. That which has sensibility; a sensitive being. [R.]
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              This melancholy extends itself not to men only, but
              even to vegetals and sensibles.       --Burton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sensible
      adj 1: showing reason or sound judgment; "a sensible choice"; "a
             sensible person" [syn: reasonable, sensible] [ant:
             unreasonable]
      2: able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible
         creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin" [syn:
         sensible, sensitive] [ant: insensible]
      3: readily perceived by the senses; "the sensible universe"; "a
         sensible odor"
      4: aware intuitively or intellectually of something sensed;
         "made sensible of his mistakes"; "I am sensible that the
         mention of such a circumstance may appear trifling"- Henry
         Hallam; "sensible that a good deal more is still to be done"-
         Edmund Burke

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  210 Moby Thesaurus words for "sensible":
     acknowledging, acquainted with, admissible, alive to, all there,
     all-knowing, apperceptive, appercipient, appreciable, appreciative,
     appreciative of, apprehending, apprehensible, apprehensive,
     apprised of, ascertainable, awake to, aware, aware of, balanced,
     behind the curtain, behind the scenes, beholden, bright, budget,
     cheap, clearheaded, clearminded, cogent, cognizable, cognizant,
     cognizant of, commonsense, compos mentis, comprehending,
     conceptive, conceptual, concrete, conscious, conscious of,
     considerable, cool, coolheaded, corporeal, credible, crediting,
     delicate, detectable, discernible, discreet, discursive,
     down-to-earth, earthy, easy, economic, economy, emotionable,
     evident, feeling, frugal, good, grateful, gross, hardheaded,
     healthy-minded, hep to, ideational, impressible, impressionable,
     impressive, in the know, in the secret, indebted to, inexpensive,
     informed of, insightful, intellectual, intelligent, judicious,
     just, justifiable, knowing, knowledgeable, legitimate, let into,
     levelheaded, live, logical, low, low-priced, lucid, manageable,
     manifest, material, matter-of-fact, mentally sound, mindful,
     mindful of, moderate, modest, much obliged, no stranger to, noetic,
     nominal, normal, not so dumb, noticeable, objective, obliged,
     observable, obvious, of sound mind, omniscient, on to, palpable,
     passible, patent, perceivable, perceptible, perceptive, percipient,
     perspicacious, phenomenal, philosophical, physical, plausible,
     ponderable, positivistic, practical, practical-minded, pragmatic,
     prehensile, privy to, prudent, rational, real, realist, realistic,
     reasonable, reasoned, receptive, recognizable, respectable,
     responsive, right, sagacious, sage, sane, sane-minded, scientific,
     scientistic, secular, seeable, seized of, sensational, sensible of,
     sensible to, sensile, sensitive, sensitive to, sentient, shabby,
     shoddy, shrewd, significant, sober, sober-minded, soft,
     softhearted, solid, sophic, sound, sound-minded, sound-thinking,
     straight-thinking, streetwise, strong-minded, substantial,
     substantive, susceptible, susceptive, sympathetic, tangible,
     tender, tenderhearted, thankful, together, token, undeceived,
     under obligation, understanding, unexpensive, unideal,
     unidealistic, unromantic, unsentimental, visible, warmhearted,
     weighable, well-argued, well-balanced, well-founded, well-grounded,
     well-thought-out, wholesome, wise, wise to, within means, worldly,
     worth the money
  
  

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