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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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,, "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,, "15-Year-Old Girl Is Fatally Shot in Front of Dad at His Birthday Party in Double Homicide," 20 June 2018 Following the February school shooting in Parkland, Flordia, students affected by the senseless violence have come together to push lawmakers to take action. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "A Kid Reporter Had Sarah Huckabee Sanders Near Tears When He Questioned Her About School Shootings," 30 May 2018 Scott Beigel, 35 Scott Beigel, originally from Long Island, also died in Wednesday’s senseless shooting. People Staff,, "Students, Staff, Heroes: Here Are the Victims of the Florida High School Mass Shooting," 15 Feb. 2018 What's more: The brand told Bustle that its fundraising efforts on behalf of the senseless immigration policy have been so successful that products have been back-ordered all month. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Lipslut Raised $100,000 in Two Weeks to Help Separated Migrant Families [UPDATE]," 10 July 2018 Less than 24 hours after five of her colleagues were gunned down in a heartless act of senseless violence, Capital Gazette reporter Selene San Felice gave an emotional interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "5 Journalists Were Killed and Sen. Marco Rubio Is More Concerned About Their Colleague Dropping the F-Bomb," 29 June 2018 The cruelty of mass incarceration is senseless and disorienting to those who are its immediate victims, of course, but to witness it helplessly is also cruel and disorienting. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Jacket Heard Round the World," 22 June 2018 Our thoughts are with the victims of these senseless acts. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Charges: Man posing as ride-hailing driver kidnapped women in Austin," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of senseless

circa 1547, in the meaning defined above

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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


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

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