[ in-sen-suh-buhl ]
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  1. incapable of feeling or perceiving; deprived of sensation; unconscious, as a person after a violent blow.

  2. without or not subject to a particular feeling or sensation: insensible to shame; insensible to the cold.

  1. unaware; unconscious; inappreciative: We are not insensible of your kindness.

  2. not perceptible by the senses; imperceptible: insensible transitions.

  3. unresponsive in feeling.

  4. not susceptible of emotion or passion; void of any feeling.

  5. not endowed with feeling or sensation, as matter; inanimate.

Origin of insensible

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

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Other words for insensible

Other words from insensible

  • in·sen·si·bly, adverb
  • in·sen·si·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use insensible in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for insensible


/ (ɪnˈsɛnsəbəl) /

  1. lacking sensation or consciousness

  2. (foll by of or to) unaware (of) or indifferent (to): insensible to suffering

  1. thoughtless or callous

  2. a less common word for imperceptible

Derived forms of insensible

  • insensibility or insensibleness, noun
  • insensibly, adverb

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