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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Other Words from senseless

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 ViacomCBS announced an opportunistic $1.7 billion share issue in March, after its shares had a senseless price boom. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 8 June 2021 And that the senseless murders that were happening was becoming too much and mental health was becoming something that needed to be addressed immediately. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 5 June 2021 Like, people are dying out in the streets for senseless reasons. Justin Curto, Vulture, 2 June 2021 This is a senseless murder of a young man who possessed the combination of a high-caliber mind and the heart of a poet. Tracy Smith, CBS News, 29 May 2021 The game is silly, senseless, and weirdly enjoyable—an embodiment of that specific sort of slap-happy, late-night sleepover energy. Louryn Strampe, Wired, 30 May 2021 Hayes is right to place substantial responsibility for senseless violence on the parents who know, or should know, what their sons are doing. Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 At a time when justice for African Americans who were victims of crime was hard to find, Frank Kelley prosecuted a controversial case involving a white gang and the senseless killing of Grady Little, an African American man. Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 7 Mar. 2021 Whatever else is true, Brazil can no longer tolerate senseless mass killings of the kind brought to Jacarezinho this past week. David Miranda, Time, 8 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Senseless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 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


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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senselessly adverb

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