in·​sen·​tient | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ənt How to pronounce insentient (audio) \

Definition of insentient

: lacking perception, consciousness, or animation

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insentience \ (ˌ)in-​ˈsen(t)-​sh(ē-​)ən(t)s How to pronounce insentient (audio) \ noun

Examples of insentient in a Sentence

refused to believe that the universe as we know it evolved from the random interactions of insentient particles of matter an insentient therapist who failed to see what the teenager's real problem was
Recent Examples on the Web Genes are insentient things and cannot be said to have any kind of purposeful selfish or unselfish behavior. Quanta Magazine, 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of insentient

1764, in the meaning defined above

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“Insentient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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