insensible

[ in-sen-suh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈsɛn sə bəl /

adjective


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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insensible


British Dictionary definitions for insensible

insensible

/ (ɪnˈsɛnsəbəl) /

adjective

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for insensible

insensible

adj.

c.1400, "lacking the power to feel with the senses," from Latin insensibilis "that cannot be felt," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sensibilis (see sensible). Also sometimes in Middle English "incapable of being felt or perceived by the senses" (early 15c.). Meaning "unconscious" is attested from early 15c. See insensate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for insensible

insensible

[ ĭn-sĕnsə-bəl ]

adj.

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.