sense·​less | \ ˈsen(t)s-ləs How to pronounce senseless (audio) \

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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senselessly adverb
senselessness noun

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Examples of senseless in a Sentence

Don't be such a senseless idiot! she collapsed, senseless, after hitting her head
Recent Examples on the Web To Bridge, Ligon’s case is a powerful example of punishment taken to senseless extremes. al, "Joe Ligon, Alabama farm boy who was America’s oldest juvenile lifer, leaves prison at 82," 12 Feb. 2021 Cancer—which had seemed to me like a senseless disease, an organism destroying itself—started to make sense. Athena Aktipis, Scientific American, "How Evolution Helps Us Understand Cancer and Control It," 1 Jan. 2021 Four other people died in the senseless mayhem of that day. Globe Staff,, "Joe Biden releases statement after House votes to impeach Trump and after Capitol attack," 13 Jan. 2021 The commuter, who spent his time in a senseless, ceaseless to-and-fro between office and home, was a victim of the age. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The Perpetual Disappointment of Remote Work," 4 Jan. 2021 Crystal Smith said her son’s death was senseless, like so many are. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘I will never get over this’: Midfield High graduate honored after deadly shooting," 18 Dec. 2020 In lieu of its normal programming, SJSA is presently encouraging participation in their Remembrance Project, which aims to memorialize people who have lost their lives due to senseless violence. Megan Embrey, House Beautiful, "The Social Justice Sewing Academy Fosters Dialogue Through Quilting," 16 Dec. 2020 There is still time to save that person—time to prevent other families from having to grieve searing and senseless losses. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Now Is When We Choose How Effective the Covid Vaccines Will Be," 10 Dec. 2020 Holiday shopping doesn't have to frazzle you senseless. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon Black Friday deals you can get this Wednesday," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of senseless

circa 1547, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of senseless was circa 1547

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“Senseless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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


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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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