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nonsensical

Line breaks: non¦sens|ical
Pronunciation: /nɒnˈsɛnsɪk(ə)l
 
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Definition of nonsensical in English:

adjective

1Having no meaning; making no sense: a nonsensical argument he dismissed the claim as nonsensical
More example sentences
  • This argument is as nonsensical as it is cruel and an extra billion is not enough.
  • It was a nonsensical argument and one got the impression that Kerr did not believe it himself.
  • So we must try to make sense of what seems on the surface to be nonsensical.
Synonyms
meaningless, senseless, illogical, unmeaning
2Ridiculously impractical or ill-advised: a tax that everyone recognizes was nonsensical
More example sentences
  • No parking all day is totally out of order, ludicrous, and nonsensical.
  • It has been condemned as irrational and nonsensical; on the other hand, it has been considered the supreme expression of the human spirit.
  • My plan, in short, was to nod a lot and agree with whatever anyone said, however idiotic or nonsensical.
Synonyms

Derivatives

nonsensicality

1
Pronunciation: /nɒnˌsɛnsɪˈkalɪti/
noun

nonsensically

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈsɛnsɪk(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Everyone else would say it was fine, even good but all I'd be able to remember was being tongue-tied one minute and jabbering away nonsensically the next.
  • I remember there was something about swapping nonsensically named files, but I can't remember which they were.
  • It was only midnight and he was already stumbling and babbling nonsensically.

Words that rhyme with nonsensical

commonsensical

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