Definition of senseless in English:


Line breaks: sense|less
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnsləs


  • 1 [often as complement] (Of a person) unconscious: the attack left a policeman beaten senseless
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    • Wilfred had screamed Cora's name, and she'd flown down the stairs to find Wilfred holding a senseless Jane in his arms.
    • I tried to escape later by crawling away, and was kicked until I was senseless.
    • In a little we had the senseless man stretched on a sofa in the library.
    unconscious, out cold, out, cold, stunned, numb, numbed, insensible, insensate, comatose, knocked out, out for the count
    informal KO'd, kayoed, laid out, dead to the world, out like a light
    British informal spark out
    rare soporose, soporous
  • 1.1Incapable of sensation: she knocked the glass from the girl’s senseless fingers
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    • Blake, his throat constricted too much to talk, nodded and took the paper with senseless fingers, feeling some sort of overwhelming depression begin to rise up from his stomach.
    • My hands didn't want to work, my fingers utterly senseless, and when someone started to haul the line in the wet hemp simply started slipping through my fingers.
    • With shaky hands she took the shampoo and soap, his fingers senseless.



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  • After rambling ineptly and senselessly for a while, he burbles ‘I just called to say I… like you.'
  • Not only is it grossly stupid, it is senselessly violent.
  • I guess he's now one of my oldest surviving mates, many others having disappeared without trace, turned into jerks, or senselessly died on the roads.


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  • But when the global groundswell of goodwill leads not to a sensible expression of protest but to the senselessness of violence and vandalism, the message gets lost in the mayhem and the exploitation continues almost without comment.
  • Now that they knew they were going to live, they were aware of the senselessness of their lives.
  • I am a legacy of this process having been raised in a generation that learned about the holocaust at a very early age and saw its brutality and senselessness through black and white photographs.

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