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senseless

[sens-lis] /ˈsɛns lɪs/
adjective
1.
destitute or deprived of sensation; unconscious.
2.
lacking mental perception, appreciation, or comprehension.
3.
stupid or foolish, as persons or actions.
4.
nonsensical or meaningless, as words:
This letter is either cryptic or senseless.
Origin of senseless
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60; sense + -less
Related forms
senselessly, adverb
senselessness, noun
Synonyms
1. insensate, insensible. 2. unperceiving, undiscerning. 3. silly, idiotic, inane, witless, asinine.
Antonyms
2. sensitive. 3. intelligent.
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  • But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • Lady Delacour was senseless, supported in the surgeon's arms.

  • "Five dollars," repeated the old lady, lapsing into senseless iteration.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The death of her son had been like a blow on the head that had felled her senseless to the ground.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • It appeared that all the cattle on the plain joined in the blind and senseless charge.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for senseless

senseless

/ˈsɛnslɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking in sense; foolish: a senseless plan
2.
lacking in feeling; unconscious
3.
lacking in perception; stupid
Derived Forms
senselessly, adverb
senselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for senseless
adj.

1550s, "without sensation," from sense (n.) + -less. Of actions, etc., "devoid of purpose, proceeding from lack of intelligence," it is attested from 1570s. Related: Senselessly; senselessness.

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