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
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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 This morning, our prayers are with the families of those injured and killed in the senseless shooting. Erin Allday,, "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: A town in shock; suspected killer and 3 victims identified," 29 July 2019 This senseless mass shooting destroys innocent lives and childhood memories. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "World reacts to the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting on social media," 29 July 2019 A few hours ago Detectives charged 19 year old Armando Lopez in connection with the senseless murder of Frank Aguilar - a nurse who dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate. Paige Fry,, "19-year-old charged with murder in Little Village shooting death of nurse," 11 Dec. 2019 Now, attorneys are questioning whether the 54-year-old might also be linked to another senseless murder that took place decades ago in Tennessee. Antonia Noori Farzan, Washington Post, "Tennessee executed a suspected killer. Attorneys say the real culprit may be behind a vicious attack in Missouri.," 18 Oct. 2019 Maybe that somehow played into your senseless death. Carol Robinson |, al, "Megan Montgomery shot multiple times; Mountain Brook police charge ex-cop with capital murder," 4 Dec. 2019 Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week. Los Angeles Times, "Democratic donor Ed Buck charged with operating drug house after 2 men found dead in home," 18 Sep. 2019 Take Froggipedia, which lets teachers lead students through a frog dissection without having to explain the senseless death of the amphibian. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Google Lens, Augmented Reality, and the Future of Learning," 20 Aug. 2019 Now For gamers like Rufail, accusations and insinuations that gaming is somehow related to the senseless deaths of dozens of people simply don’t add up. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "'I Have Never Felt the Need to Enact Any Kind of Violence.' Pro Gamers Say Guns, Not Games, Are to Blame for Shootings," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Senseless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce senseless (audio) \

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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