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[non-sen-si-kuh l] /nɒnˈsɛn sɪ kəl/
(of words or language) having little or no meaning; making little or no sense:
A baby's babbling is appealingly nonsensical.
(of behavior, conduct, actions, etc.) foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd:
His nonsensical behavior was unusual for such a serious person.
objectionable, impudent, insubordinate:
I refuse to listen to that nonsensical gossip.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Kate was chattering fastest of all, and loudest—not to say the most nonsensically.

    Countess Kate Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Perry Blair—Blue Jeans, with no rent in his shirt and a nonsensically expensive hat—had been driving a nail into the wall.

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  • It is curious how nonsensically men, otherwise intelligent, will argue whenever they meddle with a question relative to medicine.

Word Origin and History for nonsensically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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