Adjective "sensible" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Done or chosen in accordance with wisdom or prudence; likely to be of benefit.
  1. 'a sensible diet'
  2. 'Marrying the two in a mutually beneficial collaboration seems a sensible solution and unlike most marriages, it needn't be expensive.'
  3. 'But even if this is true, it's still sensible and prudent not to base our plans on the rosiest of possible outcomes.'
  4. 'If spending on this scale is sensible, its wisdom ought to be demonstrable.'
  5. 'The 30 mph limit all the way from Waterhead through the village was surely sensible, and more likely to be obeyed.'
  6. 'A combination of sensible diet and moderate physical activity can effectively pull the plug on an expanding waistline.'
  7. 'They manage to make this sound quite sensible and to the benefit of both patients and the NHS.'
  8. 'In the meantime, women should be getting the clear message about the many health benefits of adopting a sensible diet and engaging in regular exercise.'
  9. 'A healthy diet coupled with sensible exercise is the only way to regain one's figure and fitness levels after child birth.'
  10. 'And this is likely to encourage sensible treatment decisions, and also lifestyle decisions, so that people can make the best of what might be limited time.'
  11. 'Drivers are more likely to respect a sensible approach to road safety such as locally controlled temporary limits, as used successfully by a number of other councils around the country.'
  12. 'Vice is like suffering: each individual instance of it is regrettable, but what sensible person would wish to eliminate it altogether?'
  13. 'Now why any sensible person, who is supposedly committed to their partner, would begin to think that this could be good for their relationship is totally beyond me!'
  14. 'But more sensible people say, ‘Why are you so sold on the notion that this World is all there is?’'
  15. 'What sane, sensible person would throw more than a billion dollars at the overseas sharemarket at a time of major volatility?'
  16. 'That said, I recognise that there are perfectly sensible people who prefer Beethoven to the Beatles, and who choose to discuss things at a more rarefied level than I care to myself.'
  17. 'I see a balance between a very few sensible people and a crowd of craven cretins.'
  18. 'In such a situation, what do sensible people do?'
  19. 'But I do know sensible people who are far, far more optimistic.'
  20. 'Good, normally sensible drivers start thinking about taking chances.'
  21. 'A number of normally sensible people in Europe have supported this proposition.'
(of an object) practical and functional rather than decorative.
  1. 'A car for everyone, a sensible, safe, practical tool in which people and luggage can be transported reliably, efficiently and as cheaply as technically possible.'
  2. 'That marked the transition to sensible, practical footwear but she still had to have her swan song.'
  3. 'What I do care about is the practicality of running around in a sandpit with sensible shoes on for 10 minutes.'
  4. 'I felt like a 29 year old kid in a rather sensible sweet shop, buying all the things I've wanted for weeks but done without.'
  5. 'The card is only a fraction of the size compared what were used to seeing with 3D cards, but nevertheless, this type of design is sensible as well as practical.'
Readily perceived; appreciable.
  1. 'And even if it did, our mind's ability to perceive what is sensible would not necessarily be accurate.'
  2. 'we are sensible of the difficulties he faces'
  3. 'A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom.'


1. having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment: a sensible young woman.

2. cognizant; keenly aware (usually followed by of): sensible of his fault.

3. significant in quantity, magnitude, etc.; considerable; appreciable: a sensible reduction in price.

4. capable of being perceived by the senses; material: the sensible universe.

5. capable of feeling or perceiving, as organs or parts of the body.

6. perceptible to the mind.

7. conscious: The patient was spee

More examples(as adjective)

"uses can be sensible in places."

"people can be sensible to people."

"corrections can be sensible for markets."

"voters can be sensible to nos."

"times can be sensible in conditions."

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Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘perceptible by the senses’): from Old French, or from Latin sensibilis, from sensus (see sense).