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

Example Sentences

Don't be such a senseless idiot! she collapsed, senseless, after hitting her head
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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 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


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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