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insensible

[in-sen-suh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of feeling or perceiving; deprived of sensation; unconscious, as a person after a violent blow.
  2. without or not subject to a particular feeling or sensation: insensible to shame; insensible to the cold.
  3. unaware; unconscious; inappreciative: We are not insensible of your kindness.
  4. not perceptible by the senses; imperceptible: insensible transitions.
  5. unresponsive in feeling.
  6. not susceptible of emotion or passion; void of any feeling.
  7. not endowed with feeling or sensation, as matter; inanimate.

Origin of insensible

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word insēnsibilis. See in-3, sensible
Related formsin·sen·si·bly, adverbin·sen·si·bil·i·ty, noun

Synonyms

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5, 6. apathetic, unfeeling, indifferent, cool; dull, passionless, emotionless, torpid.
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Examples from the Web for insensibility

Historical Examples

  • He had seized upon her by violence in a moment of insensibility.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • It was obvious that he was going to be beaten into insensibility.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • And yet, even at the time, I did not suspect him of insensibility.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • The shock jarred his boiling brain into the perfect quietude of insensibility.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • I believe that insensibility like this is not to be paralleled!

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for insensibility

insensible

adjective
  1. lacking sensation or consciousness
  2. (foll by of or to) unaware (of) or indifferent (to)insensible to suffering
  3. thoughtless or callous
  4. a less common word for imperceptible
Derived Formsinsensibility or insensibleness, nouninsensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insensibility

n.

late 14c., from Late Latin insensibilitas, from Latin insensibilis (see insensible).

insensible

adj.

c.1400, "lacking the power to feel with the senses," from Latin insensibilis "that cannot be felt," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sensibilis (see sensible). Also sometimes in Middle English "incapable of being felt or perceived by the senses" (early 15c.). Meaning "unconscious" is attested from early 15c. See insensate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

insensibility in Medicine

insensible

(ĭn-sĕnsə-bəl)
adj.
  1. Having lost consciousness, especially temporarily; unconscious.
  2. Lacking physical sensation or the power to react, as to pain or cold; numb.
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