senso-, sens-, sensi-, sensori-, sent-

(Latin: feeling, perception through physical awareness; to discern or detect by touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing, etc.)

The words in this list refer either to physical or mental perceptions, or a combination of both of them.

sentimentality (s) (noun) (no plural)
The quality or condition of being very emotional; especially, in a superficial or maudlin way: The sentimentality that was expressed in the play caused many people in the audience to wipe away their tears because they couldn't control themselves.
sentimentalize (verb), sentimentalizes; sentimentalized; sentimentalizing
To show or to describe something in an emotional or disturbing way: The author's autobiography does not sentimentalize his life, despite the horrors that took place when he was growing up during the war.
sentimentally (adverb), more sentimentally, most sentimentally
Resembling a mental attitude or response to a person, object, or idea that is expressed entirely by feeling instead of reason: The sentimentally idealistic response to the question that was presented to the politician indicated that he was trying to use appropriate language to justify his political position regarding the limitation of immigrants into his country.

The speaker at the memorial ceremony spoke sentimentally about the glories of the past century; apparently, forgetting the horrors of the wars that had been fought during those times.

somatosensory (adjective), more somatosensory, most somatosensory
Relating to bodily reactions that are not associated with the eyes, ears, tongue, and other specialized neuroreceptors, but from the reception of stimuli from the skin or from certain internal organs of the body: Johnson cried out in somatosensory pain after accidentally touching the hot surface of the stove with his finger.
subsensible (adjective), more subsensible, most subsensible
Descriptive of something that is below or deeper than the normal limits of physical perceptions or concepts: Trying to understand how she was finally able to solve her problem with the computer program so she could have a successful result, without the help of a technical expert, was admittedly a more subsensible experience than Gertrude could explain.
supersensible (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to being outside or beyond the range of normal physical perceptions: It is believed that heavenly concepts are supersensible thoughts that some people have which brings comfort to some without involving the bodily sensations of touch, etc.
supersensitive (adjective), more supersensitive, most supersensitive
1. Very easily upset or offended: Jack's sister is supersensitive about any negative comments about the natural, although overgrown condition, of her garden.
2. Showing a strong reaction to a drug, allergen, or other agent: The doctor tested to see whether his patient would beĀ supersensitive to the flu vaccine which he was going to administer.
supersensual (adjective) (not comparable)
Beyond what can be recognized by normal physical experiences or comprehension: The out-of-body experience that Mary's aunt described while she was unconscious in the hospital consisted of the most supersensual descriptions of heaven that her daughter had ever heard or read about.
tacit consent (s) (noun), tacit consents (pl)
1. Something which is expressed or understood without being directly stated: Mary felt that she had her parents' tacit consent to stay out late at her friend's birthday party.
2. Knowledge of and an unspoken approval to the commission of an illegal act by another person: When Fred saw his friend eating an extra piece of cake at the restaurant without paying for it, he indicated tacit consent by smiling and winking.
thermally sensitive resistor (s) (noun), thermally sensitive resistors (pl)
A device that can be used to measure temperature and to track their changes: Some new homes are being built with thermally sensitive resistors attached to the heating and cooling systems in order to monitor them and hopefully to better control the use of energy.
thermosensitive (adjective), more thermosensitive, most thermosensitive
Relating to being able to feel heat too easily: The neighbor's dog was very thermosensitive; so, on hot days she tried to stay cool by going under their shady porch.
thermosensitivity (s) (noun),thermosensitivities (pl)
Physical awareness of heat or being affected by such changes of temperatures: The doctor was puzzled by the excessive thermosensitivity of Mrs. Jones because she was not responding to the medication he prescribed to regulate her reactions to such temperature changes.
vasosensory (adjective), more vasosensory, most vasosensory
Relating to feelings in the blood vessels: The vasosensory awareness that a person has is a result of certain nerve fibers that are stimulating the blood vessels.
visceral sensation (s) (noun), visceral sensations (pl)
Any crude feelings that come from the internal organs; such as, pain or a feeling of distention or fullness: Mr. Simon complained to his doctor about the visceral sensation which he experienced in his abdomen; especially, after eating a big meal.
viscerosensory (adjective), more viscerosensory, most viscerosensory
Descriptive of the stimulation of internal organs: The new medical procedure which the doctor used provided a very viscerosensory stimulation of the patient's heart, causing it to beat very fast.

If you would like to take self-scoring quizzes over many of the words in this section, then click on these Sensory Quizzes so you can see how much you know about the following "senso-, sensi-" words or learn more about them.


Related-word units meaning feeling: aesth-; pass-, pati-; patho-.