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insensate

[in-sen-seyt, -sit] /ɪnˈsɛn seɪt, -sɪt/
adjective
1.
not endowed with sensation; inanimate:
insensate stone.
2.
without human feeling or sensitivity; cold; cruel; brutal.
3.
without sense, understanding, or judgment; foolish.
Origin
1510-1520
1510-20; < Late Latin insēnsātus irrational. See in-3, sensate
Related forms
insensately, adverb
insensateness, noun
Synonyms
1. lifeless, inorganic. 2. insensible. 3. stupid, irrational, senseless, witless, dumb.
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Examples for insensate
  • The story edges near to diatribe in its horror of insensate patriotic fury.
  • Surgical debridement and limited amputations may be required for infections related to wounds on the insensate hand.
  • If untreated, the results can be catastrophic with an insensate, contracted leg.
British Dictionary definitions for insensate

insensate

/ɪnˈsɛnseɪt; -sɪt/
adjective
1.
lacking sensation or consciousness
2.
insensitive; unfeeling
3.
foolish; senseless
Derived Forms
insensately, adverb
insensateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for insensate
adj.

1510s, from Late Latin insensatus "irrational, foolish," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sensatus "gifted with sense" (see sensate). Insensate means "not capable of feeling sensation," often "inanimate;" insensible means "lacking the power to feel with the senses," hence, often, "unconscious;" insensitive means "having little or no reaction to what is perceived by one's senses," often "tactless."

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