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[non-sen-si-kuh l] /nɒnˈsɛn sɪ kəl/
(of words or language) having little or no meaning; making little or no sense:
A baby's babbling is appealingly nonsensical.
(of behavior, conduct, actions, etc.) foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd:
His nonsensical behavior was unusual for such a serious person.
objectionable, impudent, insubordinate:
I refuse to listen to that nonsensical gossip.
of trifling importance or of little or no use:
I've had more than enough of your nonsensical advice!
Origin of nonsensical
Related forms
nonsensically, adverb
nonsensicality, nonsensicalness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every inventive genius bothers his head with this nonsensical problem, till he learns that he is a fool.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • These comments of the rabbins are accordingly frivolous and nonsensical.

  • He supposed it a nonsensical form of badinage, and yet it took his breath.

    The Turmoil Booth Tarkington
  • I must confess that I get lonely for some one who talks my kind of nonsensical talk.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • If I were to listen to all these nonsensical complaints, it would waste all my time.

    Manuel Pereira F. C. Adams
Word Origin and History for nonsensical

1650s, from nonsense + -ical. Related: Nonsensically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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