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 The results run the gamut from 100-hour epics to mindless mobile phone time-wasters, and everything in between. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The 2010s were full of video games we’ll gladly revisit for decades to come," 26 Dec. 2019 Stuff explodes, wisecracks are cracked, and two otherwise very likable actresses are left to sink in a morass of mindless clichés. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "The best (and worst) TV shows of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 Everything here will be very Disney in tone and style, and the service has no plans for mature programming and mindless reality TV, which has its time and place. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Ranked: All the major streaming services, from Netflix to Apple TV+ to Disney+," 29 Oct. 2019 France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina’s sending-off against Wales in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday will go down as one of the most mindless acts of violence in the 32-year history of the competition. Steve Douglas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Moment of madness: Senseless red card ruins French RWC hopes," 20 Oct. 2019 Here are three parallels between the white supremacists of the lynching era -- roughly the late 19th century through the 1960s -- and today: There's a perception that lynch mobs were motivated by mindless violence. John Blake, CNN, "Why El Paso and other recent attacks in the US are modern-day lynchings," 17 Aug. 2019 But no points on a drive that starts in K.C. territory because of a mindless interception? Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: If this is Drew Lock’s team now, Von Miller has no future with these baby Broncos," 15 Dec. 2019 Sometimes projects that seemed like mindless fiddling — the Kindle e-reader, the Prime shopping club, its Amazon Web Services cloud-computing operation — turned out to be important advances for the company, its customers and the technology industry. Washington Post, "Amazon Throws Spaghetti at the Grocery Wall," 20 Nov. 2019 Tyler, implicitly recognizing—and picking—a path between mindless middle-class consumerism and the nihilistic will to power of the terrorist. Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker, "The Men Who Still Love “Fight Club”," 4 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindlessness. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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