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 Every legislative minute spent on mindless symbolism is a minute not spent on policy with actual, material consequences. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Case for More Canceling," 9 Apr. 2021 Educational advocates have long derided most of the seemingly mindless content on the website, while outrage has also emerged over violent videos that appear marketed to children. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, "House Panel Claims YouTube ‘Exploiting Children’ As It Opens Investigation Into Ad Practices," 6 Apr. 2021 Commuting into work, once a mindless daily routine, now felt foreign and risky. NBC News, "Office buildings are opening back up. Not all employees want to return.," 5 Apr. 2021 Out today on HBO Max, Godzilla vs. Kong is the sort of loud, mindless blockbuster that Hollywood rolls out in the summer. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Awesome Emptiness of Godzilla vs. Kong," 31 Mar. 2021 In Paris, the mindless, escapist brain candy comedy that created fall TV’s silliest discourse, and The Queen’s Gambit, a limited series still making headlines almost four months after its debut, were also nominated in their respective TV categories. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Bridgerton Was Shut Out Of The Golden Globes. It’s Much Worse Than A Simple Snub," 3 Feb. 2021 Instead, schools became ever more enamored with mindless test prep. Robert Maranto, National Review, "Bureaucracy Has Conquered Schools. Joe Biden Won’t Fix It," 21 Mar. 2021 Spend at least 10 minutes on something fun to read — not your work, research or even mindless internet scrolling, which is not the same as reading. Barton Goldsmith, Star Tribune, "Five tips for lightening your mood," 12 Mar. 2021 The fearsome minotaur, gigantic and eternally infantile offspring of a mother’s unnatural lust, male representative of mindless, greedy power, insatiably devours human flesh. Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, "Splash," 9 Mar. 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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13 Apr 2021

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“Mindless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindless. Accessed 13 Apr. 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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