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nonsensical

[non-sen-si-kuh l] /nɒnˈsɛn sɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
(of words or language) having little or no meaning; making little or no sense:
A baby's babbling is appealingly nonsensical.
2.
(of behavior, conduct, actions, etc.) foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd:
His nonsensical behavior was unusual for such a serious person.
3.
objectionable, impudent, insubordinate:
I refuse to listen to that nonsensical gossip.
4.
of trifling importance or of little or no use:
I've had more than enough of your nonsensical advice!
Origin of nonsensical
Related forms
nonsensically, adverb
nonsensicality, nonsensicalness, noun
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  • That is, I really have a notion of why I have collected all the nonsensical things there are.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • What nonsensical scheme about making me an inspector of this or a collector of that?

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Aleck, why are you so nonsensical as to pretend you don't see it's for you?

  • I notice there's no nonsensical chatter when you want to ask for something to eat.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The fervour of his words was nonsensical, but his intention, alas, was becoming clear.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
Word Origin and History for nonsensical
adj.

1650s, from nonsense + -ical. Related: Nonsensically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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