Sen·si·bil·i·ty n.; pl. Sensibilities
1. Physiol. 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!”
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.