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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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  • As it is—what man would have her to bear him mindless brats?

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • They now serve the Schrees, for they are mindless, in a way.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • A goal of finished accomplishment has been set up which if it were attained would mean only mindless action.

  • "I have heard that the first-born were mindless," said Finnian.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • A poor relation of Stephen's perhaps—a helpless, mindless creature, whose infirmities had been thus hidden from the world.

    Fenton's Quest M. E. Braddon
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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