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nonsense

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noun non·sense \ˌnän-ˌsen(t)s, ˈnän(t)-sən(t)s\

Definition of nonsense

  1. 1a :  words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas “And the mome raths outgrabe” is pure nonsense.b (1) :  language, conduct, or an idea that is absurd or contrary to good sense To regard the struggle for existence as tragic, however, is logical nonsense. — O. B. Hardison Jr. (2) :  an instance of absurd action Today's teenagers are … sharp observers of the nonsenses of adult life and society … — Bernard Trafford

  2. 2a :  things of no importance or value :  trifles the rancoats are classic, without any nonsenseNew Yorkerb :  affected or impudent conduct took no nonsense from subordinates The teacher tolerated no nonsense in her classroom.

  3. 3 :  genetic information consisting of one or more codons that do not code for any amino acid and usually cause termination of the molecular chain in protein synthesis (see synthesis 1)

nonsensical

play \ˌnän-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl\ adjective

nonsensically

play \ˌnän-ˈsen(t)-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

nonsensicalness

play \ˌnän-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of nonsense in a Sentence

  1. I don't know why you believe that nonsense about certain numbers being unlucky.

  2. She thinks that astrology is nonsense.

  3. Don't listen to him. He's talking nonsense.

  4. He was not in the mood to put up with any nonsense from his little brother.

  5. If they start pushing each other or some such nonsense, send them to their rooms.

  6. She doesn't take any nonsense from anyone.

  7. Many of the words in the poem are nonsense.

  8. I understood so few of the words they were using that the conversation sounded like nonsense to me.

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First Known Use of nonsense

1612


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nonsense

adjective non·sense

Definition of nonsense

  1. 1 :  consisting of an arbitrary grouping of speech sounds or symbols \ˈshrȯg-ˌthī-əmpth\ is a nonsense word a nonsense syllable

  2. 2 :  consisting of one or more codons that are genetic nonsense — compare antisense, missense

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Origin and Etymology of nonsense

see 1nonsense



NONSENSE Defined for English Language Learners

nonsense

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noun

Definition of nonsense for English Language Learners

  • : words or ideas that are foolish or untrue

  • : behavior that is silly, annoying, or unkind

  • : language that has no meaning


NONSENSE Defined for Kids

nonsense

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noun non·sense \ˈnän-ˌsens, -səns\

Definition of nonsense for Students

  1. :  foolish or meaningless words, ideas, or actions Don't believe such nonsense.


Medical Dictionary

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nonsense

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noun non·sense \ˈnän-ˌsen(t)s, ˈnän(t)-sən(t)s\

Medical Definition of nonsense

  1. :  genetic information consisting of one or more codons that do not code for any amino acid and usually cause termination of the molecular chain in protein synthesis—compare antisense, missense


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nonsense

adjective non·sense

Medical Definition of nonsense

  1. :  consisting of one or more codons that are genetic nonsense nonsense mutations



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