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nonsense

[non-sens, -suh ns] /ˈnɒn sɛns, -səns/
noun
1.
words or language having little or no sense or meaning.
2.
conduct, action, etc., that is senseless, foolish, or absurd:
to have tolerated enough nonsense.
3.
impudent, insubordinate, or otherwise objectionable behavior:
He doesn't have to take that nonsense from you.
4.
something absurd or fatuous:
the utter nonsense of such a suggestion.
5.
anything of trifling importance or of little or no use.
6.
Genetics. a DNA sequence that does not code for an amino acid and is not transcribed (distinguished from sense).
Origin of nonsense
1605-1615
1605-15; non- + sense
Related forms
nonsensical
[non-sen-si-kuh l] /nɒnˈsɛn sɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
1. twaddle, balderdash, moonshine, absurdity.
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  • (a) The simplest form is the nonsense Story, as it may be justly called.

    Short Story Writing Charles Raymond Barrett
  • "nonsense," he laughed, with the air of a man certain of his facts.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "nonsense, Presley," answered the other, refusing to become angry.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • It's all nonsense, and I'm going to see that you're both stopped.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "This is not a time for your nonsense, Mason," said Harry, somewhat sternly.

    A Voyage with Captain Dynamite Charles Edward Rich
British Dictionary definitions for nonsense

nonsense

/ˈnɒnsəns/
noun
1.
something that has or makes no sense; unintelligible language; drivel
2.
conduct or action that is absurd
3.
foolish or evasive behaviour or manners: she'll stand no nonsense
4.
5.
things of little or no value or importance; trash
interjection
6.
an exclamation of disagreement
Derived Forms
nonsensical (nɒnˈsɛnsɪkəl) adjective
nonsensically, adverb
nonsensicalness, nonsensicality, noun
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Word Origin and History for nonsense
n.

1610s, from non- + sense; perhaps influenced by French nonsens.

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nonsense in Science
nonsense
  (nŏn'sěns')   
Relating to a mutation in a structural gene that changes a nucleotide triplet into a stop codon, thus prematurely terminating the polypeptide chain during protein synthesis. See more at point mutation.
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Idioms and Phrases with nonsense

nonsense

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