destitute or deprived of sensation; unconscious.
lacking mental perception, appreciation, or comprehension.
stupid or foolish, as persons or actions.
nonsensical or meaningless, as words: This letter is either cryptic or senseless.

Origin of senseless

First recorded in 1550–60; sense + -less
Related formssense·less·ly, adverbsense·less·ness, noun

Synonyms for senseless

Antonyms for senseless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for senseless

Contemporary Examples of senseless

Historical Examples of senseless

  • But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • Lady Delacour was senseless, supported in the surgeon's arms.

  • "Five dollars," repeated the old lady, lapsing into senseless iteration.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • The death of her son had been like a blow on the head that had felled her senseless to the ground.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • It appeared that all the cattle on the plain joined in the blind and senseless charge.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for senseless



lacking in sense; foolisha senseless plan
lacking in feeling; unconscious
lacking in perception; stupid
Derived Formssenselessly, adverbsenselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for senseless

1550s, "without sensation," from sense (n.) + -less. Of actions, etc., "devoid of purpose, proceeding from lack of intelligence," it is attested from 1570s. Related: Senselessly; senselessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper