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From sense +‎ -less. Compare Saterland Frisian sinloos (senseless, foolish).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛnsləs/
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  • Hyphenation: sense‧less


senseless (comparative more senseless, superlative most senseless)

  1. Without feeling or desire to work; deprived of sensation.
    Synonyms: unconscious, insensible
    The blow to his head rendered him senseless, he didn't awaken until he was in the ambulance.
  2. Lacking meaning or purpose; without common sense.
    Synonyms: pointless, meaningless
    What a senseless waste of money.
  3. Without a discernible meaning or purpose, especially of a violent or evil act.
    The school shooting was a senseless act of violence.
  4. Without consideration, awareness or sound judgement
    Synonyms: unreasonable, unwise, stupid
    He took senseless risks, not even aware of the danger he was in.

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