Origin: Cf. F. Sensibilite, LL. Sensibilitas.
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)