4 comments on “The Sensible Thing

  1. Sensible: To me means the correct pathway or correct direction, the way with the least amount of trouble or difficulties.
    It is sensible to drive in the left lane when driving in England. After all, the steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle.

  2. The shift of meaning is very real. If you decide to use “sensible” to mean “can be sensed”, you will need to provide surrounding context. It would be the sensible (practical) thing to do.

    • I see what you did there, Algot.-) It was sensible.

      I don’t know if it’s worth the effort and clutter of surrounding context just to use the word that way. I’m pretty sure that must be another of the basic writing rules for beginners. Don’t clutter up your prose.

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