mindless

adjective

mind·​less ˈmīn(d)-ləs How to pronounce mindless (audio)
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

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of mindless was before the 12th century

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“Mindless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindless. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

mindless

adjective
mind·​less ˈmīn-(d)ləs How to pronounce mindless (audio)
1
a
: lacking the ability to think, feel, or respond
a mindless killer
b
: showing no use of the intelligence
mindless violence
2
: not mindful
mindlessly adverb
mindlessness noun

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