mindless

adjective mind·less \ -ləs \

Definition of mindless

1 a :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

mindlessly

adverb

mindlessness

noun

Examples of mindless in a Sentence

  1. The article was a mindless piece of nonsense.

  2. The movie has been criticized for its mindless violence.

  3. a mindless waste of time

  4. He seemed to be completely mindless of the danger he was facing.

  5. She was mindless of her appearance.

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First Known Use of mindless

before 12th century

mindless Synonyms

Synonyms
airheaded, birdbrained, bonehead, boneheaded, brain-dead, brainless, bubbleheaded, chuckleheaded, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey (also dopy), dorky [slang], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, gormless [chiefly British], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), lunkheaded, stupid, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, thick, thickheaded, thick-witted, unintelligent, unsmart, vacuous, weak-minded, witless
Antonyms
apt, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, fast, hyperintelligent, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart, supersmart, ultrasmart
Related Words
cretinous, feebleminded, simpleminded; boobish, foolish, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), moronic; ignorant, illiterate, lowbrow, uneducated, uninformed, unintellectual, untaught, unthinking; absurd, asinine, balmy, cockeyed, crackpot, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dippy, dotty, featherheaded, fool, half-baked, harebrained, insane, kooky (also kookie), loony (also looney), lunatic, mad, nonsensical, nutty, preposterous, sappy, screwball, silly, tomfool, unwise, wacky (also whacky), zany; fallacious, illogical, invalid, irrational, unreasonable
Near Antonyms
ingenious, resourceful; acute, astute, discerning, insightful, keen, knowing, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, sagacious, sage, sapient, savvy, wise; cerebral, erudite, highbrow, intellectual, knowledgeable, learned, literate, scholarly, thinking, well-read; educated, informed, schooled, skilled, trained; crafty, cunning, foxy, shrewd, wily; judicious, prudent, sane, sensible, sound; logical, rational, reasonable, valid

MINDLESS Defined for English Language Learners

mindless

adjective

Definition of mindless for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MINDLESS Defined for Kids

mindless

adjective mind·less \ ˈmīnd-ləs \

Definition of mindless for Students

:using or requiring little attention or thought
  • mindless work


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