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[in-sen-shee-uh nt, -shuh nt] /ɪnˈsɛn ʃi ənt, -ʃənt/
not sentient; without sensation or feeling; inanimate.
Origin of insentient
1755-65; in-3 + sentient
Related forms
insentience, insentiency, noun Unabridged
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  • Better they should burn the insentient books than the men who preach the living Word!

    For the Faith Evelyn Everett-Green
  • He knelt, compassion gentling his heart, and put one hand to the insentient face.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Does not the infant grow into the man by the aggregation of insentient matter assimilated into his being in the shape of food?

  • A moment ago she had been an insentient atom sunk deep in impenetrable night; now she was herself—and it was broad daylight.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
  • The last blows fell upon a bloody but insentient mass of flesh.

  • It must be remembered that we are dealing with human beings and not with insentient figures.

    Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth
  • But there can be nothing like to this sensation in the rose, because it is insentient.

  • As for the dead man, he read his epitaph in a phrase, accompanied by a meaning nod toward the disfigured and insentient head.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • Yvonne unresisting, insentient, went whither she was bidden to go.

    Lord Tony's Wife Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The cause of a brief sharp unforeseen heard loud lone crack emitted by the insentient material of a strainveined timber table.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for insentient


(rare) lacking consciousness or senses; inanimate
Derived Forms
insentience, insentiency, noun
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