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insensibility Line breaks: in|sens|ibil¦ity
Pronunciation: /ɪnˌsɛnsɪˈbɪlɪti/

Definition of insensibility in English:


1 [mass noun] Unconsciousness: I flogged him into insensibility
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  • The only option is to drug her into insensibility and unconsciousness.
  • It is an effective process which induces immediate unconsciousness and insensibility or an induction to a period of unconsciousness without distress.
  • In a proportion of cases it results from massive injuries to the chest and vital organs, although insensibility and death will normally follow within a matter of seconds once the fox is caught.
1.1Inability to be moved emotionally: Lady Grafton’s insensibility bordered on cruelty
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  • Thank the Gods for a woman like her - with the addled sanity of palace life, and my own befuddling emotions, she is sense in the face of total insensibility.
  • Her spokeswoman said: ‘Ms Andrews firmly believes that while the entire world is in mourning, it would be an expression of insensibility on her part to participate in a festive act.’
  • His usual sullen insensibility is disrupted by unpredictable explosions of rage.
2Lack of awareness or concern; indifference: your insensibility to the extreme importance of the mission we are on
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  • The ongoing investigation by police and other related agencies is unveiling, as expected, shocking facts about our insensibility to safety measures at the mass-transit system used by millions of commuters every day.
  • Who can say it has not its energies of reason and of will in some unknown sphere, quite consistently with the reality of its insensibility to the external world?
  • In our behaviour, there is an increased insensibility and a frightening decrease of civility, decency and sense of justice.


Late Middle English: partly from Old French insensibilite or late Latin insensibilitas (from in- 'not' + Latin sensibilis 'sensible', from sensus 'sense'), partly from in-1 'without' + sensibility.

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