sen·sa·tion·al / senˈsāshənl/ • adj. (of an event, a person, or a piece of information) causing great public interest and excitement: a sensational murder trial. ∎ (of an account or a publication) presenting information in a way that is intended to provoke public interest and excitement, at the expense of accuracy: cheap sensational periodicals. ∎ inf. very good indeed; very impressive or attractive: you look sensational a sensational view.DERIVATIVES: sen·sa·tion·al·ly adv.