Nearby words

  1. inseminator,
  2. insenescence,
  3. insensate,
  4. insense,
  5. insensibility,
  6. insensible perspiration,
  7. insensibly,
  8. insensitive,
  9. insentient,
  10. insep.

Origin of insensible

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word insēnsibilis. See in-3, sensible

Related formsin·sen·si·bly, adverbin·sen·si·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insensibility



lacking sensation or consciousness
(foll by of or to) unaware (of) or indifferent (to)insensible to suffering
thoughtless or callous
a less common word for imperceptible
Derived Formsinsensibility or insensibleness, nouninsensibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for insensibility
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Medicine definitions for insensibility




Having lost consciousness, especially temporarily; unconscious.
Lacking physical sensation or the power to react, as to pain or cold; numb.

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