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[mahynd-lis] /ˈmaɪnd lɪs/
without intelligence; senseless:
a mindless creature.
unmindful or heedless:
mindless of all dangers.
Origin of mindless
before 1000; Middle English myndles, Old English gemyndlēas. See mind, -less
Related forms
mindlessly, adverb
mindlessness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mindless


stupid or careless
requiring little or no intellectual effort: a mindless task
Derived Forms
mindlessly, adverb
mindlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mindless

c.1400, "unmindful, heedless, negligent," from mind (n.) + -less. Related: Mindlessly; mindlessness. Old English had myndleas "foolish, senseless."

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