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[sens-lis] /ˈsɛns lɪs/
destitute or deprived of sensation; unconscious.
lacking mental perception, appreciation, or comprehension.
stupid or foolish, as persons or actions.
nonsensical or meaningless, as words:
This letter is either cryptic or senseless.
Origin of senseless
1550-60; sense + -less
Related forms
senselessly, adverb
senselessness, noun
1. insensate, insensible. 2. unperceiving, undiscerning. 3. silly, idiotic, inane, witless, asinine.
2. sensitive. 3. intelligent. Unabridged
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  • And the greedy generation of gunk hypotheses through senseless pattern recognition is a hindrance to that.
  • Despite the injuries he had already suffered, upon capture he was promptly bayoneted in the ankle and then beaten senseless.
  • It takes away from your total vacation budget and it's senseless because you have so many options when it comes to saving money.
  • Others are wondering about the senseless loss of life.
  • But a high percentage of these are flat-out senseless.
  • In an attempt to make sense of the senseless, experts point to many possible reasons for these violent outbursts.
  • It would be senseless to blame the state for a single freak occurrence.
  • senseless restrictions and arcane procedures abound.
  • It was senseless, he said, for composers to continue working in a vacuum.
  • They are my effort to make sense out of the senseless, to make cacophony out of cadence and cadence out of cacophony.
British Dictionary definitions for senseless


lacking in sense; foolish: a senseless plan
lacking in feeling; unconscious
lacking in perception; stupid
Derived Forms
senselessly, adverb
senselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for senseless

1550s, "without sensation," from sense (n.) + -less. Of actions, etc., "devoid of purpose, proceeding from lack of intelligence," it is attested from 1570s. Related: Senselessly; senselessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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