insensible

[in-sen-suh-buhl]
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adjective


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

Synonyms for insensible

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Historical Examples of insensibly

  • Insensibly, therefore, her attention became earnest, her mind aroused.

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • She did not adopt her husband's views, but insensibly she began to live his life.

    The Reef

    Edith Wharton

  • Then insensibly he had slid into the main theme, and it was—what shall I call it?

    Caybigan

    James Hopper

  • The idea that his tact was a kind of professional expertness filled her with repugnance, and insensibly she drew away from him.

    The Reef

    Edith Wharton

  • Charles was insensibly carried away by the charm of his frank, hearty manner, and for a time forgot who was talking to him.

    Ravenshoe

    Henry Kingsley



British Dictionary definitions for insensibly

insensible

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
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Word Origin and History for insensibly
adv.

early 15c.; see insensible + -ly (2).

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 insensibly

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.
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