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 senselessness

Contemporary Examples of senselessness

  • Ryan had contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion and symbolized the senselessness of the disease.

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    August 26, 2009

Historical Examples of senselessness

  • Tell them of the foulness, of the cruelty, of the senselessness of it all.

  • That you may not suffer for your own senselessness, and may not harm others by your folly.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • It was this senselessness of feeling that first brought the jarring of the truth to him.

  • To say nothing of the inhumanity, the senselessness of duelling revolts me.

  • For it does not admit of sobriety, nor does it induce the senselessness of pure wine.

British Dictionary definitions for senselessness



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 senselessness



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