[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. inseminate,
  2. insemination,
  3. insemination ,
  4. inseminator,
  5. insenescence,
  6. insense,
  7. insensibility,
  8. insensible,
  9. insensible perspiration,
  10. insensibly

Origin of insensate

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

Related formsin·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 Formsinsensately, adverbinsensateness, noun

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Word Origin and History for insensate



1510s, from Late Latin insensatus "irrational, foolish," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sensatus "gifted with sense" (see sensate). Insensate means "not capable of feeling sensation," often "inanimate;" insensible means "lacking the power to feel with the senses," hence, often, "unconscious;" insensitive means "having little or no reaction to what is perceived by one's senses," often "tactless."

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