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  1. destitute or deprived of sensation; unconscious.
  2. lacking mental perception, appreciation, or comprehension.
  3. stupid or foolish, as persons or actions.
  4. 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

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Antonyms for senseless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for senselessly

Historical Examples of senselessly

  • Drawing one, he senselessly fired, but the men were too far off to be injured.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Senselessly, it stood watching Elza with a dull, vacant curiosity.

    Tarrano the Conqueror

    Raymond King Cummings

  • I said, 'Have you no respect for me or yourself to act so senselessly?'

    A California Girl

    Edward Eldridge

  • Some helpless thing in him wanted her and she was killing it cruelly and senselessly.


    Evelyn Scott

  • He hired extravagantly and fired ruthlessly—to the minds of some, senselessly.


    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for senselessly


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



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