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From Old French insensibilité, from Late Latin insensibilitas.


insensibility (plural insensibilities)

  1. The property of being insensible.
    Synonym: insensibleness
    • 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 16, in The History of Pendennis. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1849–1850, →OCLC:
      What a deal of grief, care, and other harmful excitement does a healthy dulness and cheerful insensibility avoid!
    • 1861, E. J. Guerin, Mountain Charley, page 27:
      When I recovered I found myself lying on a clean, comfortable bed, while there bent over me a physician and an elderly woman. I learned that I had been found early in the morning in the rear of the house in a state of insensibility, and that the owner of the place [] had caused me to be brought in and placed on the bed.