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insensible

[in-sen-suh-buh l] /ɪnˈsɛn sə bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of feeling or perceiving; deprived of sensation; unconscious, as a person after a violent blow.
2.
without or not subject to a particular feeling or sensation:
insensible to shame; insensible to the cold.
3.
unaware; unconscious; inappreciative:
We are not insensible of your kindness.
4.
not perceptible by the senses; imperceptible:
insensible transitions.
5.
unresponsive in feeling.
6.
not susceptible of emotion or passion; void of any feeling.
7.
not endowed with feeling or sensation, as matter; inanimate.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin insēnsibilis. See in-3, sensible
Related forms
insensibly, adverb
insensibility, noun
Synonyms
5, 6. apathetic, unfeeling, indifferent, cool; dull, passionless, emotionless, torpid.
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Examples from the web for insensibility
  • Some researchers speculate that some dolphins and whales use intense blasts of sound to blast fish or squid into insensibility.
  • The constancy of this saint at the loss of friends proceeded not from insensibility.
  • Soon after this he recovered from his insensibility, began to move his arms and legs, and spoke with some difficulty.
  • Delivery of calm animals to the place of application is essential to ensure rapid and effective insensibility.
British Dictionary definitions for insensibility

insensible

/ɪnˈsɛnsəbəl/
adjective
1.
lacking sensation or consciousness
2.
foll by of or to. unaware (of) or indifferent (to): insensible to suffering
3.
thoughtless or callous
4.
a less common word for imperceptible
Derived Forms
insensibility, insensibleness, noun
insensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insensibility
n.

late 14c., from Late Latin insensibilitas, from Latin insensibilis (see insensible).

insensible

adj.

c.1400, "lacking the power to feel with the senses," from Latin insensibilis "that cannot be felt," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sensibilis (see sensible). Also sometimes in Middle English "incapable of being felt or perceived by the senses" (early 15c.). Meaning "unconscious" is attested from early 15c. See insensate.

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insensibility in Medicine

insensible in·sen·si·ble (ĭn-sěn'sə-bəl)
adj.

  1. Having lost consciousness, especially temporarily; unconscious.

  2. Lacking physical sensation or the power to react, as to pain or cold; numb.

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