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insensible

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɛnsɪb(ə)l
 
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Definition of insensible in English:

adjective

1 [usually as complement] Without one’s mental faculties, typically as a result of injury or intoxication; unconscious: they knocked each other insensible with their fists
More example sentences
  • In the summer, Saturday would bring a golf tournament, and the slugging back of cans on the course to maintain his equilibrium, before another night of drinking himself insensible, sometimes accompanied by bed-wetting.
  • Meanwhile, go read some of the fine blogs at the side there, and I'll just nip off and quietly drink myself insensible in the hiatus.
  • Nilsen made sure the men he killed were insensible from drink before he strangled them, and wrote tenderly about them after the killing was over.
Synonyms
numb, benumbed, numbed, lacking feeling, lacking sensation
British informal spark out
rare soporose, soporous
1.1(Of a person or bodily extremity) without feeling; numb: the horny and insensible tip of the beak
More example sentences
  • At the moment, he was almost insensible with fatigue.
  • This operation gives not the least pain to the bird, the point of the hook merely taking hold in the horny and insensible tip of the bill.
2 (insensible of/to) Unaware of or indifferent to: they slept on, insensible to the headlight beams
More example sentences
  • It doesn't render them unconscious or make them insensible to pain.
  • The pioneer is insensible to arguments touching the future supply… The want of foresight that permitted the destruction of these magnificent forests will be bitterly lamented.
  • In the process of impressionistically conveying that Jim seems acted upon by occult forces that render him insensible to reason, Marlow is himself diverted from his narrative intent.
Synonyms
unaware of, ignorant of, without knowledge of, unconscious of, unmindful of, mindless of, oblivious to;
informal in the dark about
rare insensitive of, negligent of
3Too small or gradual to be perceived; inappreciable: varying by insensible degrees
More example sentences
  • The small or extremely immature infant < 1000 g will experience increased insensible water losses.
  • However, there are conditions that may increase so-called insensible losses through sites such as the skin.
  • Dehydration is particularly likely to occur in small children because of decreased intake during an extended period of respiratory distress, combined with increased insensible losses.
Synonyms
imperceptible, unnoticeable, undetectable, indistinguishable, indiscernible, unapparent, inappreciable, invisible, inaudible, impalpable, unobtrusive, impossible to detect;
slight, small, subtle, faint, fine, inconsequential, negligible, tiny, minute, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, infinitesimal

Origin

late Middle English (also in the senses 'unable to be perceived' and 'incapable of physical sensation'): partly from Old French insensible (from Latin insensibilis, from in- 'not' + sensibilis, from sensus 'sense'), partly from in-1 'not' + sensible.

Derivatives

insensibly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Should America seek out monsters, Adams continued, ‘the fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force…’
  • In Coverdale's world, philanthropy, like art, can only be an avocation that ‘render[s] life sweet, bland, and gently beneficent, and insensibly influence[s] other hearts and other lives to the same blessed end’.
  • We should therefore be guided by the Idea of a world republic - a condition that is not in fact achievable but that could nevertheless regulate the dealings between individual states, and draw them insensibly into federation.

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