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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Thus, mindless button-mashing won't win the fight alone, as proper technique is needed to stop an opponent from jumping back onto the platform. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 This movie combines The Parent Trap with It Takes Two and Roman Holiday (and The Great British Baking Show?) to create even more mindless holiday viewing. Vogue, "Prioritizing Netflix’s Perfectly Cheesy Holiday Movies," 23 Nov. 2018 From wearing bitter-tasting nail polish to keeping your hands covered by gloves, there are countless techniques that nail biters try, only to find that the often-mindless urge is just too strong. Marci Robin, Allure, "A Woman Lost Her Thumb to Skin Cancer Believed to Be Caused by a Nail-Biting Habit," 10 Sep. 2018 The two develop an unlikely friendship based on their shared interest in mindless banter to get them through each day, finding new camaraderie as their typical scene partners from the past couple of seasons are off elsewhere. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""Orange is the New Black" Season 6 Has the Women Striving for Peace and Community More Than Ever," 27 July 2018 The implication seems to be that a woman from Wind Gap could never be capable of anything more than mindless talk, let alone murder. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Sharp Objects shows that men can’t comprehend a dangerous woman in “Fix”," 23 July 2018 This site has an extensive introductory questionnaire that helps tailor meal plans and advice to your eating style and personality (heavy snacker, mindless eater, and more). Good Housekeeping, "Best Diet Websites," 16 Sep. 2010 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

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First Known Use of mindless

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

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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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