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 Like so many others, I am heartbroken by the senseless gun violence that has taken the lives of innocent victims in recent weeks. Timothy Dolan, WSJ, 8 June 2022 There is no justification for this senseless gun violence. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 4 June 2022 Unspeakable and commonplace; another senseless tragedy, another news cycle in the United States. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2022 The massacre of 19 children and two teachers Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, hit close to home and left both coaches searching for meaning from another senseless tragedy. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 26 May 2022 Social-emotional strategies, including anti-bullying initiatives, also do not appear to forestall senseless tragedy. Dana Goldstein,, 26 May 2022 The deadliest shooting since a gunman killed 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, the Uvalde massacre will be remembered for the innocent lives lost to senseless violence. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 27 May 2022 So the subject of school-age children again falling victim to senseless gun violence resonates with Barnes personally. Globe Staff,, 27 May 2022 My heart goes out to everyone harmed by this senseless violence, directly or indirectly. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of senseless

circa 1547, in the meaning defined above

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“Senseless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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, From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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senselessly adverb

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