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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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Examples from the Web for senselessly
Historical Examples
  • He realised in an instant that he was irrevocably, senselessly, in love with her.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • I said, 'Have you no respect for me or yourself to act so senselessly?'

    A California Girl Edward Eldridge
  • Drawing one, he senselessly fired, but the men were too far off to be injured.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • Some helpless thing in him wanted her and she was killing it cruelly and senselessly.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • He looked at her senselessly, and yet he noticed involuntarily at once that she had grown both whiter and fatter.

    A House of Gentlefolk Ivan Turgenev
  • He hired extravagantly and fired ruthlessly—to the minds of some, senselessly.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • It was better to save the man who could be saved than to let him senselessly risk his life for the man who could not.

    Rescue Dog of the High Pass James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Oh, I wish to heaven girls were not so senselessly innocent and sisterly!

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • And the little boy, not understanding, repeated gleefully and senselessly, "It's dadda; it's dadda."

    The Relief of Mafeking Filson Young
  • We senselessly risked our lives on the brinks of precipices.

British Dictionary definitions for senselessly


lacking in sense; foolish: a senseless plan
lacking in feeling; unconscious
lacking in perception; stupid
Derived Forms
senselessly, adverb
senselessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for senselessly



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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