senseless

adjective
sense·​less | \ˈsen(t)s-ləs \

Definition of senseless 

: destitute of, deficient in, or contrary to sense: such as

a : unconscious knocked senseless

b : foolish, stupid it was some senseless practical joke— A. Conan Doyle

c : meaningless a senseless murder

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Other Words from senseless

senselessly adverb
senselessness noun

Examples of senseless in a Sentence

Don't be such a senseless idiot! she collapsed, senseless, after hitting her head

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Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD. Catherine Rentz, baltimoresun.com, "What they're saying about the fatal shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis," 29 June 2018 Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump responds to attack on Maryland newspaper," 29 June 2018 Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD. Catherine Rentz, baltimoresun.com, "What they're saying about the fatal shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis," 29 June 2018 Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump responds to attack on Maryland newspaper," 29 June 2018 Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD. New York Times, "5 People Dead in Shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette Newsroom," 28 June 2018 Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "What They're Saying About The Maryland Newsroom Shooting," 28 June 2018 Potentially disastrous events unfolded: Javier Mascherano’s senseless penalty, leading to a 1-1 tie; Gonzalo Higuain missing a clear scoring chance in the 81st minute, and some odd decisions. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Lionel Messi lives, and Argentina moves on," 26 June 2018 It’s time to stop empowering those who are responsible for senseless acts of violence that have destroyed families throughout our state. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "15-Year-Old Girl Is Fatally Shot in Front of Dad at His Birthday Party in Double Homicide," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of senseless

circa 1547, in the meaning defined above

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senseless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of senseless

: done or happening for no reason

—used after beat, knock, etc., to say that someone is hurt badly and becomes unconscious

: stupid or foolish

senseless

adjective
sense·​less | \ˈsen-sləs \

Kids Definition of senseless

1 : unconscious sense 2 I was knocked senseless.

2 : stupid sense 2 It seemed senseless to run away without money.— E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Other Words from senseless

senselessly adverb

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