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.

Nearby words

  1. sense organ,
  2. sense perception,
  3. sense stress,
  4. senseful,
  5. sensei,
  6. senselessly,
  7. senses,
  8. sensi,
  9. sensibilia,
  10. sensibility

Origin of senseless

First recorded in 1550–60; sense + -less

Related formssense·less·ly, adverbsense·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for senseless

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.

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