mindless

adjective mind·less \ -ləs \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of mindless

1 a : 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

mindlessly

adverb

mindlessness

noun

Examples of mindless in a Sentence

  1. The article was a mindless piece of nonsense.

  2. The movie has been criticized for its mindless violence.

  3. a mindless waste of time

  4. He seemed to be completely mindless of the danger he was facing.

  5. She was mindless of her appearance.

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First Known Use of mindless

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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MINDLESS Defined for English Language Learners

mindless

Definition of mindless for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MINDLESS Defined for Kids

mindless

adjective mind·less \ ˈmīnd-ləs \

Definition of mindless for Students

: using or requiring little attention or thought
  • mindless work


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