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

Synonyms & Antonyms for senseless


cold, insensible, unconscious



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Examples of senseless in a Sentence

Don't be such a senseless idiot! she collapsed, senseless, after hitting her head

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Meanwhile, friends and neighbors are struggling to make sense of what appears to be a senseless crime. CBS News, "Slain teacher was victim of confidential info leak concerning former student, sources say," 15 May 2018 Some people like to be scared senseless by watching horror movies. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Is A Star Is Born the New Titanic? Discuss.," 9 Oct. 2018 The president has fully embraced this arbitrary and senseless part of the plan without any intention of following through on the underlying rationale: to spread the burden of security so that no country is left holding the bag alone. Lindsay Koshgarian, Fortune, "Trump’s Complaints About NATO Defense Spending Don’t Add Up," 12 July 2018 This has always been true, but for me comes into focus after the tragic and senseless shooting at the Annapolis Capital-Gazette. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs' defense, Royals' place, Vick's surprise & the Sam Mellinger I never met," 3 July 2018 No bargaining, and be prepared for an apparently senseless pricing system—everything seems to be either $20 or $190. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Walking away from this pact, at a time when Trump is seeking a nuclear accord with North Korea, would be senseless. Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer, star-telegram, "Tillerson held the brake on Trump's reckless instincts | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 Mar. 2018 There was a senseless act of gun violence on the streets of Cincinnati this morning. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Cincinnati bank building shooting leaves 3 dead, 2 injured; suspect dead, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 The summary: After losing his memory in a senseless attack that nearly kills him, a man (Steve Carell) reconstructs his past out of dolls and toys, building an elaborate fantasy world that helps him cope with his loss, confusion, and rage. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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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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