insensible

adjective
in·sen·si·ble | \(ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl \

Definition of insensible 

1 : imperceptible dampened by an insensible dew broadly : slight, gradual insensible motion

2 : incapable or bereft of feeling or sensation: such as

a : not endowed with life or spirit : insentient insensible earth

b : unconscious knocked insensible by a sudden blow

c : lacking sensory perception or ability to react insensible to pain

3a : lacking emotional response : apathetic, indifferent insensible to fear

b : unaware insensible of their danger

4 archaic : stupid, senseless

5 : not intelligible : meaningless

6 : lacking delicacy or refinement

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Other Words from insensible

insensibility \(ˌ)in-ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
insensibleness \(ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl-nəs \ noun
insensibly \(ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-sə-blē \ adverb

Examples of insensible in a Sentence

She was knocked insensible by the collision. if a choking person is insensible, you should lay them down on their back before performing the Heimlich maneuver

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Often animals from these woods were imagined as insensible beasts. Ankita Chakraborty, Longreads, "A Crocodile In Paris: The Queer Classics of Qiu Miaojin," 8 June 2018 Although the bulb of the follicle is alive, the hair shaft is dead and insensible. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Siri Hustvedt’s preening essays take their author’s own brilliance as their main subject.," 13 Jan. 2017 Eclipses happen because every now and then, in predictable but still primally unsettling cycles, a warm, bright, life-giving object is obscured by a dark, dead, insensible rock. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Trump's Anti-Obama Eclipse Meme Doesn't Make Scientific Sense," 24 Aug. 2017 The process exposes birds to a gas mixture that renders them insensible to pain or distress before slaughter. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Perdue Farms unveiling more humane chicken slaughtering methods," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of insensible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for insensible

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin insensibilis, from in- + sensibilis sensible

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insensible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of insensible

: not able to feel pain, emotions, etc.

: not aware of something

: not conscious

insensible

adjective
in·sen·si·ble | \in-ˈsen-sə-bəl \

Kids Definition of insensible

1 : not able to feel The animal is insensible to pain.

2 : not aware of or caring about something They seemed insensible to the danger.

insensible

adjective
in·sen·si·ble | \-ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl \

Medical Definition of insensible 

1 : incapable or bereft of feeling or sensation: as

a : unconscious knocked insensible by a sudden blow

b : lacking sensory perception or ability to react insensible to pain

c : lacking emotional response : apathetic

2 : not perceived by the senses insensible perspiration

Other Words from insensible

insensibility \(ˌ)in-ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē \ noun plural -ties

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