Share this entry

Share this page

insensibility

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

Definition of insensibility in English:

noun

1 [mass noun] Unconsciousness: I flogged him into insensibility
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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.

Definition of insensibility in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…