[ in-sen-seyt, -sit ]
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  1. not endowed with sensation; inanimate: insensate stone.

  2. without human feeling or sensitivity; cold; cruel; brutal.

  1. 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

Other words for insensate

Other words from insensate

  • in·sen·sate·ly, adverb
  • in·sen·sate·ness, noun

Words Nearby insensate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use insensate in a sentence

  • He forgot even what share her mother might claim; not to mention what in her might belong to the Sum of Things, the insensate Pan.

    There and Back | George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for insensate


/ (ɪnˈsɛnseɪt, -sɪt) /

  1. lacking sensation or consciousness

  2. insensitive; unfeeling

  1. foolish; senseless

Derived forms of insensate

  • insensately, adverb
  • insensateness, noun

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