Meaning of “sensible” in the English Dictionary

"sensible" in British English

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uk /ˈsen.sə.bəl/ us /ˈsen.sə.bəl/

sensible adjective (GOOD JUDGMENT)

B1 based on or acting on good judgment and practical ideas or understanding:

a sensible person
I think the sensible thing to do is call and ask for directions.
It would be sensible to take an umbrella.

Sensible clothes or shoes are practical and suitable for the purpose they are needed for, rather than being attractive or fashionable:

It could be cold and wet so pack some sensible clothes.

More examples

  • I'm sure Jenny can be relied on - she seems eminently sensible.
  • That would be a more sensible way of dealing with the problem.
  • Wouldn't it be more sensible to eat now before we go?
  • It would seem more sensible to do the research now before we start on the project.
  • That was a very sensible decision.

(Definition of “sensible” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sensible" in American English

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us /ˈsen·sə·bəl/

having or using good judgment; reasonable:

She was sensible and easy to deal with.
The only sensible thing to do is recycle.

If an object is sensible, it is practical but not exciting:

a sensible family car
sensible shoes
adverb us /ˈsen·sə·bli/

You have to eat more sensibly.

(Definition of “sensible” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)