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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Trump and his mindless followers will run out of steam (and rage) long before 2024. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: What teachers say about a school district’s book ban threat," 19 Nov. 2020 Attack on Titan begins in a city with three walls, surrounded by massive, mindless, near-invulnerable, human-eating monsters called Titans. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Why Attack on Titan Is the Alt-Right’s Favorite Manga," 16 Nov. 2020 Think things like playing mindless mobile games, scrolling through TikTok, and reading through r/relationships and r/AmItheAsshole. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Half-Assed But Effective Ways I’m Practicing Self-Care on Election Night," 1 Nov. 2020 The former is solid opinion, the latter is mindless speculation. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: The Cincinnati Reds don't play in Trevor Bauer's league anymore," 11 Nov. 2020 As the state’s highest-ranking legal officer, Landry has posted quite a losing streak trying to promote his mindless pontifications in court. NOLA.com, "Clandy DuBos: Landry leads parade of GOP hypocrisy on money and elections," 30 Oct. 2020 Trevino, who has 54 thousand followers right now, is another who has found great—and perhaps surprising—success as a fortune-teller on a platform where interactions are driven not so much by kismet but the mindless gears of a machine. Alisha Mughal, Wired, "The Improbable Appeal of TikTok Tarot," 21 Oct. 2020 But lately, my mindless shopping habits have left me feeling increasingly guilty. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "What I Learned From a Sustainable Wardrobe Stylist," 14 Oct. 2020 This huge difference in a two-term presidency because of a one-month shift simply shows how mindless and arbitrary this game can be. Author: Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo, Meg Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Fact-checking the vice presidential debate between Pence and Harris," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Mindless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindless. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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