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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The film doesn’t propose reasons for the genocide but rather re-creates the atmosphere of mindless hatred leading up to it. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Our Lady of the Nile' ('Notre-Dame du Nil'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 14 Sep. 2019 So stop explaining yourself and leaving him room for mindless theories. Carolyn Hax, al, "Carolyn Hax: Keep asking questions to get adult education plan rolling," 29 Aug. 2019 There’s nothing mindless or spineless about the synth-pop of Chvrches. John Adamian, courant.com, "Chvrches playing Scottish synth-pop at College Street," 28 June 2019 But time spent reading or composing one-to-one messages is measured no differently from mindless scrolling through angry threads misconstruing politics or pop culture. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Limit My Screen Time," 5 Sep. 2019 This is a profound and difficult film, an attempt to grapple with the existence and mindless perpetuation of evil, and to suggest both the fleeting satisfaction and the eternal futility of vengeance. Los Angeles Times, "‘The Babadook’ director Jennifer Kent tackles violence, misogyny and racism in ‘The Nightingale’," 12 Aug. 2019 These go down like Japanese bar food, fast, sloppy, mindless and fun. Washington Post, "Zeppelin is fun, but its sushi doesn’t quite fly," 1 Aug. 2019 So stop explaining yourself and leaving him room for mindless theories. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: If you had all the answers, you wouldn’t need to go back to school," 31 Aug. 2019 So stop explaining yourself and leaving him room for mindless theories. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: My friends say kids are a big mistake, but this guy won’t stop pushing," 30 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce mindless (audio) \

Kids Definition of mindless

: using or requiring little attention or thought mindless work

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