mind·​less | \ ˈmīn(d)-ləs How to pronounce mindless (audio) \

Definition of mindless

1a : marked by a lack of mind or consciousness a mindless sleep
b(1) : marked by or displaying no use of the powers of the intellect mindless violence
(2) : requiring little attention or thought especially : not intellectually challenging or stimulating mindless work a mindless movie
2 : not mindful : heedless mindless of the consequences

Other Words from mindless

mindlessly adverb
mindlessness noun

Examples of mindless in a Sentence

The article was a mindless piece of nonsense. The movie has been criticized for its mindless violence. a mindless waste of time He seemed to be completely mindless of the danger he was facing. She was mindless of her appearance.
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Recent Examples on the Web Like things smothered by their own Green, mindless, unkillable ghosts. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 15 Nov. 2021 Think absurd, without being cynical; or vengeful, without being mindless; or loose, though never mannered. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Companies who work the other way around will be missing out, turning knowledge workers into mindless robots that only do what the data says to do. Scott Castle, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Carpenter ants can sometimes become mindless vessels controlled by fungi in the wild. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Reading and sharing gossip used to be a mindless escape. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 27 Oct. 2021 Mall Cop is minutes worth of mindless entertainment, centered around a busy mall taken hostage on what’s arguably the worst day of the year for a mall cop: Black Friday. Vogue, 13 Oct. 2021 The best way to counteract mindless scrolling is with mindful scrolling. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021 Lastly, this generation—the Greta Thunberg generation—isn't all about mindless consumption. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of mindless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Mindless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindless. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mindless

: having or showing no ability to think, feel, or respond
: showing no use of intelligence or thought : having no purpose
: requiring very little attention or thought


mind·​less | \ ˈmīnd-ləs How to pronounce mindless (audio) \

Kids Definition of mindless

: using or requiring little attention or thought mindless work

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