Definition of insensible in English:


Line breaks: in|sens|ible
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɛnsɪb(ə)l


  • 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
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    • 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.
    unconscious, insensate, senseless, insentient, comatose, knocked out, passed out, blacked out, inert, stupefied, stunned; 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
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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.

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