som·​nam·​bu·​lant | \ säm-ˈnam-byə-lənt How to pronounce somnambulant (audio) \

Definition of somnambulant

1 : walking or having the habit of walking while asleep
2 : resembling or having the characteristics of a sleepwalker : sluggish

Examples of somnambulant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current debate between Right and Left seems to be over which of the two will have the privilege of turning us into the somnambulant demi-humans Tocqueville describes. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "America’s Unwritten, Unraveling Constitution," 1 May 2021 Nikki Haley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sounded practically somnambulant in her speech praising Trump. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Kimberly Guilfoyle's RNC speech was the scary star of the show. And it was fascinating TV," 26 Aug. 2020 More anesthetized than radicalized against the Western culture that surrounds him, Ahmed takes an almost somnambulant approach to his prayers. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dardennes brothers’ ‘Young Ahmed’ is a disappointing tale of a Muslim teen in revolt," 5 Mar. 2020 The combination of grassroots support and building legal pressure has pushed the notoriously somnambulant NCAA to action. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Urban Meyer Tweets, and the Ohio State Football Crisis Takes a Turn," 3 Aug. 2018 While Argentina struggled, France must awaken from a somnambulant group-stage finale against Denmark. Ronald Blum,, "European and South American teams dominate World Cup Round of 16," 28 June 2018 Thanks largely to new, controversially created congressional maps, the state’s often somnambulant self is suddenly shaking in ways formerly unimagined. John Baer,, "Is this primary election Pennsylvania's oddest ever? | John Baer," 13 May 2018 Especially surprising is that the closeness of the race can largely be attributed to the obsessive energies of the sixth district’s women, an army of mostly white, suburban working mothers who had until now lived politically somnambulant lives. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Can the New Activist Passion of Suburban White Women Change American Politics?," 19 June 2017 In gentler driving, there’s a newfound poise that replaces the somnambulant motions of the previous car. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, "2018 Toyota Camry," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of somnambulant

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2021

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Medical Definition of somnambulant

: walking or tending to walk while asleep

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