nonsensical

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Etymology[edit]

From nonsense +‎ -ical.

Adjective[edit]

nonsensical (comparative more nonsensical, superlative most nonsensical)

  1. Without sense; absurd.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 21345056, page 179:
      Well, her very foolish grandmother has mixed herself up in some nonsensical correspondence with the court of St. Germains; or, rather, has let herself be made a tool by Mr. Trevanion, who, I am happy to say, is not Ethel's husband; they arrested him just in time.
    Synonyms: meaningless, unmeaning, absurd, foolish, irrational, preposterous
    Antonyms: comprehensible, logical, rational, sensible, sensical

Usage notes[edit]

  • The form non-sensical is much less common while nonsensic is extremely rare.[1].
  • Nouns often used with "nonsensical": words, things, idea, notion, results, question, language, way, talk, statement, situation, story, argument, reasons, stuff, books, jargon, theory, assumption, interpretation
  • Webster 1828 defined this as "Unmeaning; absurd; foolish." Webster 1913 defined this as "Without sense; unmeaning; absurd; foolish; irrational; preposterous."

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  1. ^ nonsensical,([non - sensical*100),(nonsensic*10000)] at Google Ngram Viewer

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