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  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.
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Origin of senseless

First recorded in 1550–60; sense + -less
Related formssense·less·ly, adverbsense·less·ness, noun


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1. insensate, insensible. 2. unperceiving, undiscerning. 3. silly, idiotic, inane, witless, asinine.


2. sensitive. 3. intelligent.
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  • Tell them of the foulness, of the cruelty, of the senselessness of it all.

  • That you may not suffer for your own senselessness, and may not harm others by your folly.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • It was this senselessness of feeling that first brought the jarring of the truth to him.

  • To say nothing of the inhumanity, the senselessness of duelling revolts me.

  • For it does not admit of sobriety, nor does it induce the senselessness of pure wine.

British Dictionary definitions for senselessness


  1. lacking in sense; foolisha senseless plan
  2. lacking in feeling; unconscious
  3. lacking in perception; stupid
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Derived Formssenselessly, adverbsenselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for senselessness



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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