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 Garza also takes on the mindless variety of identity politics that often appears within social movements, in which any politics or ideas emanating from those who are racially oppressed or marginalized are assumed to be progressive. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "A Black Lives Matter Founder on Building Modern Movements," 18 Jan. 2021 Somewhere in Sacramento in the second week of March, Juan Altamirano was watching a dumb, mindless movie on TV. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "‘Today is the day that life has changed’: An oral history of L.A., COVID-19 and 2020," 3 Jan. 2021 Leaving aside the limiting educational aspects of the era (overcrowded classes, mindless discipline, rote learning), the larger point concerns the culture, the nation, and the world into which I was being initiated. James Carroll, The New Yorker, "What the Era of Trump and the Coronavirus May Teach America’s Children," 21 Dec. 2020 Yet traditional reviewers remain trapped in the simplistic binary of barbaric putdowns or mindless praise. Theodore Gioia, The New Republic, "Death to the Negative Restaurant Review," 16 Dec. 2020 Annoyed at overhearing way too many Zooms and mindless humming and whistling, finding towers of dishes in the sink and laundry on the floor, and discovering so many other idiosyncrasies that have reared their ugly heads. Sarah Digiulio, Good Housekeeping, "8 Expert-Backed Ways to Reclaim "Me Time" and Personal Space at Home," 7 Dec. 2020 My favorite is turning on Friends, a perfect mindless TV show. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "How To Spend Thanksgiving Alone & Love Every Minute," 17 Nov. 2020 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

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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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31 Jan 2021

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“Mindless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindless. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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