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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web So the Zombie Devil, for instance, turns people into its mindless zombie minions, while the Bat Devil devours humans for their blood like an oversized vampire bat. Christian Holub, EW.com, 16 May 2022 Also, focus your plan on making a good call to action with each release, not just throwing out mindless media. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Convenient payment options can sometimes lead to mindless spending. cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 Traditional command and control bosses barking out orders about processes and systems to an army of mindless drones are less marketable now. Andrew Ellenberg, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Consider Gormican’s shrine to Cage (a self-referential version of the shine that Javi has built) as an illustration of the way mass-media entertainment can keep audiences in a mindless state. Armond White, National Review, 22 Apr. 2022 Instead, keep the lights dim and do something mindless, such as folding socks. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 But such mindless arrogance is everywhere — including the WNBA, where a good-hearted episode was met with hatred and scorn. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2022 Where else could one catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip and engage in mindless chit-chat, while getting treated to a wash, trim and blow-out? Tomris Laffly, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mindless

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

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“Mindless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindless. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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