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[in-sen-shee-uh nt, -shuh nt]
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  1. not sentient; without sensation or feeling; inanimate.
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Origin of insentient

First recorded in 1755–65; in-3 + sentient
Related formsin·sen·ti·ence, in·sen·ti·en·cy, noun
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Historical Examples

  • But there can be nothing like to this sensation in the rose, because it is insentient.

    Lectures on the Philosophy of the Human Mind (Vol. 1 of 3)

    Thomas Brown

  • Yvonne unresisting, insentient, went whither she was bidden to go.

    Lord Tony's Wife

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • He knelt, compassion gentling his heart, and put one hand to the insentient face.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • On his feet, straddling Mulready's insentient body, he confronted Calendar and Stryker.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • A moment ago she had been an insentient atom sunk deep in impenetrable night; now she was herself—and it was broad daylight.

    The Bandbox

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for insentient


  1. rare lacking consciousness or senses; inanimate
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Derived Formsinsentience or insentiency, noun
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