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

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
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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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“Senseless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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

Other Words from senseless

senselessly adverb

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