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 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 Failure to combat stigma head-on could result in more senseless infections and deaths. Jennifer Lotito, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 No pesky Washington States to hammer you senseless in the cold. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 3 Feb. 2024 Snelling and Cook County State Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx condemned the senseless violence. Melissa Noel, Essence, 21 Mar. 2024 The unrelenting grief from such a senseless murder has been heartbreaking. Suzette Hackney, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 How many of those attacks are attributed to the congressman’s support of weapons even in the face of the senseless slaughter enabled by those firearms landing in the wrong hands due to weak federal regulations? Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 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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“Senseless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 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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