sense·​less ˈsen(t)s-ləs How to pronounce senseless (audio)
: destitute of, deficient in, or contrary to sense: such as
: unconscious
knocked senseless
: foolish, stupid
it was some senseless practical jokeA. Conan Doyle
: meaningless
a senseless murder
senselessly adverb
senselessness noun

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 Our staff, patrons, and this community are like family to us, and we are completely shaken by this senseless act of violence. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 6 Apr. 2024 The poem had been senseless at home: who would want to be compared to a summer’s day in Bombay? James Wood, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Kim Boykin: These deaths are so senseless and so preventable. USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2024 As the nation collectively emerges from a year marked by very publicly catastrophic chemo drug shortages, this senseless wastage of perfectly viable, reusable cancer medication is deeply upsetting. Samyukta Mullangi, STAT, 1 Mar. 2024 In the past five years alone, the industry has lost King Von, 26, Young Dolph, 36, PnB Rock, 30, and one-third of the iconic rap group the Migos, Takeoff at 28, to name a few, all due to senseless gun violence. Lotoya Francis, Rolling Stone, 19 Feb. 2024 Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and everyone affected by this senseless act of violence. Greg Norman, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2024 Right now, legislators have two opportunities to get closer to ending these senseless deaths: Senate Bills 960 and 961. Nicole Efron, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 The only jury trial over the senseless slaying of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke is now set to begin June 25 in Los Angeles. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1547, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of senseless was circa 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Senseless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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sense·​less ˈsen(t)-sləs How to pronounce senseless (audio)
: unconscious entry 1 sense 2
knocked senseless
: pointless sense 1, meaningless
a senseless act
senselessly adverb
senselessness noun

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