insensible

adjective in·sen·si·ble \ (ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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
3 a : 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

insensibility

play \(ˌ)in-ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

insensibleness

play \(ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun

insensibly

play \(ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-sə-blē\ adverb

Examples of insensible in a Sentence

  1. She was knocked insensible by the collision.

  2. if a choking person is insensible, you should lay them down on their back before performing the Heimlich maneuver

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Origin and Etymology of insensible

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

insensible Synonyms

Synonyms
cold, unconscious, senseless
Antonyms
conscious
Related Words
semiconscious; anesthetized; collapsed
Near Antonyms
alert, awake, aware, up; resuscitated, revived

INSENSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

insensible

adjective

Definition of insensible for English Language Learners

  • : not able to feel pain, emotions, etc.

  • : not aware of something

  • : not conscious


INSENSIBLE Defined for Kids

insensible

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

Definition of insensible for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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

insensibility

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


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