[ in-sen-seyt, -sit ]
/ ɪnˈsɛn seɪt, -sɪt /


not endowed with sensation; inanimate: insensate stone.
without human feeling or sensitivity; cold; cruel; brutal.
without sense, understanding, or judgment; foolish.

Origin of insensate

First recorded in 1510–20, insensate is from the Late Latin word insēnsātus irrational. See in-3, sensate

Related forms

in·sen·sate·ly, adverbin·sen·sate·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insensate


/ (ɪnˈsɛnseɪt, -sɪt) /


lacking sensation or consciousness
insensitive; unfeeling
foolish; senseless

Derived Forms

insensately, adverbinsensateness, noun
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