senseless

adjective
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 There is, in fact, no beauty apart from the eternal—which is the opposite of existence: a void, a nothingness, airless, endless, dark and dead, in the midst of which existence—especially human existence—is a senseless accident. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 This was such a senseless accident that could have been so easily avoided. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Extended warranties," 21 Apr. 2020 Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil called the shootings one of the most senseless acts of violence in the province's history. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Justin Trudeau is pushing for stricter Canadian gun laws after deadly shooting in Nova Scotia," 21 Apr. 2020 Walter Reuther stood on the overpass at the Rouge plant on Miller Road and was beaten senseless for passing out leaflets. Freep.com, "We will remember: Tributes to a few of the metro Detroiters who died of coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 Walter Reuther stood on the overpass at the Rouge plant on Miller Road and was beaten senseless for passing out leaflets. Freep.com, "We will remember: Tributes to a few of the metro Detroiters who died of coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 Graham and his disciple, Warren Buffett, relished invoking how Mister Market careens from crazy infatuation that make equities incredibly overpriced to senseless dread that yields bargains to be pounced upon. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Stocks have gained 25% since their March lows—but the math doesn’t add up," 11 Apr. 2020 In the past few months, the world has been treated to senseless squabbling over xenophobic virus-origin theories, what to call the virus, and which leader’s initially dismissive response to the outbreak was more reckless. Daniel K. Gardner, The New Republic, "The Planet Can’t Afford a Coronavirus Feud," 9 Apr. 2020 Walter Reuther stood on the overpass at the Rouge plant on Miller Road and was beaten senseless for passing out leaflets. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ruben Burks, voice of Flint and appointee of UAW's Walter Reuther, dies at 86," 6 Apr. 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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30 Apr 2020

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“Senseless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/senseless. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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senseless

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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

senseless

adjective
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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