mind·less | \-ləs \

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

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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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Now, crabbing isn't as mindless as some people might think. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Hot crabbing action with amazing underwater footage," 5 June 2018 To be clear, building cheerleaders aren’t foolishly mindless in their enthusiasm. New York Times, "New Yorkers Who Love Where They Live," 11 May 2018 And now Jindal realizes the problem all along was that their policy was already too detailed and the slogans were not mindless enough. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Bobby ‘Stop Being the Stupid Party’ Jindal Now Says GOP Isn’t Stupid Enough," 15 Feb. 2018 That’s just enough for a couple hours of fairly mindless entertainment. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Watching Skyscraper is like watching someone play a video game starring The Rock," 11 July 2018 The mindless movie taps into a great military axiom: Don‘t prepare to fight the last war, prepare to fight the next one. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 2018 The nightly entertainment, too, is easy and bright and mindless. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018 Over the centuries, humans have created countless technologies to save ourselves from backbreaking physical labor and mindless routine. Garry Kasparov, WSJ, "Intelligent Machines Will Teach Us—Not Replace Us," 7 May 2018 The company has little use for honesty — Cassius gets caught in multiple lies during his interview and gets hired anyway — but happily rewards those employees with a gift for dogged, mindless persistence. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' is an arrestingly surreal satire on class rage and cultural identity," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of mindless

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

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The first known use of mindless was before the 12th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of mindless

: using or requiring little attention or thought mindless work

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