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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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  • Tell them of the foulness, of the cruelty, of the senselessness of it all.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • 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.

  • It strikes me as ludicrous—even pathetic in its senselessness.

    The Laughing Cavalier Baroness Orczy
  • The senselessness of it was growing on him with his increased confidence.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • But if reason sets him revolting against this senselessness?

  • Simply because the shame and senselessness of it reached the pitch of genius!

    The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky
British Dictionary definitions for senselessness

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 senselessness

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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