- 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 fistsMore example sentences
unconscious, insensate, senseless, insentient, comatose, knocked out, passed out, blacked out, inert, stupefied, stunned; numb, benumbed, numbed, lacking feeling, lacking sensationBritish • informal spark out• rare soporose, soporous
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person or bodily extremity) without feeling; numb: the horny and insensible tip of the beakMore 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 beamsMore example sentences
unaware of, ignorant of, without knowledge of, unconscious of, unmindful of, mindless of, oblivious to; indifferent to, impervious to, deaf to, blind to, careless of, unmoved by, untouched by, unaffected by, unresponsive to• informal in the dark about• rare insensitive of, negligent of
- 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.
- 3Too small or gradual to be perceived; inappreciable: varying by insensible degreesMore example sentences
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
- 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.
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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.