Today’s (March 18) New York Times carries an article under the title, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever” written by its co-ed columnist, David Brooks. It starts with the following passage:
“The voters have spoken. In convincing fashion, Republican voters seem to be selecting Donald Trump as their nominee. And in a democracy, victory has legitimacy to it. Voters are rarely wise but are usually sensible. They understand their own problems. And so deference is generally paid to the candidate who wins.”
I am drawn to the phrase, “Voters are rarely wise but are usually sensible. To me, being wise seemed to be synonymous with being sensible.
So I checked Oxford Advanced English Learners Dictionary -2000. It defines “wise” as:
(1) able to make sensible decisions and give good advice because of the experience and knowledge that you have.
(2) (of actions and behavior) sensible.
It also defines “sensible” as:
(1) able to make good judgements based on reason and experience rather than emotion.
To me both definitions of “wise” and “Sensible” appear as if saying almost same thing.
What is the basic difference of being “wise” from being “sensible”?