Definition of nonsensical in English:

nonsensical

adjective

  • 1Having no meaning; making no sense.

    ‘a nonsensical argument’
    ‘he dismissed the claim as nonsensical’
    • ‘I laughed, delighted with the nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘If the writer's argument is nonsensical, readers are quick to say so.’
    • ‘As the wall is not finished, this is a nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘As their argument sinks, the nonsensical numbers of the Lancet Study are all that is left to cling to.’
    • ‘I couldn't remember all the games I came up with, some that made sense and others that were completely nonsensical.’
    • ‘It was a nonsensical argument and one got the impression that Kerr did not believe it himself.’
    • ‘This argument is as nonsensical as it is cruel and an extra billion is not enough.’
    • ‘But here's the philosophical conundrum: how can one exercise common sense when the rules themselves are nonsensical?’
    • ‘However, words tend to fail when it comes to making sense of Herriman's often nonsensical tales.’
    • ‘Her experience is not only painful; it seems meaningless and nonsensical.’
    • ‘So we must try to make sense of what seems on the surface to be nonsensical.’
    • ‘It looked nonsensical and meaningless but held its own importance.’
    • ‘In sensory or receptive aphasia, there is a problem with comprehension, and affected people produce speech that sounds fluent but is actually nonsensical or full of meaningless jargon.’
    • ‘Consequently, his lawyers are talking to Martel's lawyers, who are the only people likely to profit from this nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘Instead, many critics have focused on a fairly nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘And in any case, we could take the second meaning of the word ‘insubstantial’ into consideration and say that dreams are meaningless and far too nonsensical.’
    • ‘Van Bebber and Taylor pointed out the same errors in Ross's earlier book, and it's tiresome to see Ross repeating discredited nonsensical arguments time after time.’
    • ‘We should nip this nonsensical argument in the bud before it's taken too far, and the federal government follows.’
    • ‘Then, having apparently resolved their nonsensical argument, the sorcerer said a phrase in a language Isobel did not understand.’
    • ‘As a result, he develops more arguments against rationalism, and finds them more and more nonsensical and therefore less worthwhile reading.’
    meaningless, senseless, illogical, unmeaning
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  • 2Ridiculously impractical or ill-advised.

    ‘a tax that everyone recognizes was nonsensical’
    • ‘Bascially it would require a 10% swing to the Tories today from Labour to give them a chance of government which from what I know of the voting proportions is such a ludicrous number as to make it nonsensical.’
    • ‘It has been condemned as irrational and nonsensical; on the other hand, it has been considered the supreme expression of the human spirit.’
    • ‘Do they not see these weapons act as a much-needed deterrent against the irrationality of terrorist states and their nonsensical anti-Western ideologies?’
    • ‘Part 2 of this bill is the part that deals with the nonsensical, silly approach that has been applied by this Government.’
    • ‘If the present economic relations are simply absurd and nonsensical, hollow at their center, something to be rejected, then what is the prospect for a different life emerging?’
    • ‘My plan, in short, was to nod a lot and agree with whatever anyone said, however idiotic or nonsensical.’
    • ‘No parking all day is totally out of order, ludicrous, and nonsensical.’
    • ‘There were committee members making wild - and occasionally nonsensical - charges.’
    • ‘The chair of the committee at that time, Janet Mackey, who is one of the most sensible members in the Labour caucus, recognised that it was nonsensical and foolish legislation.’
    foolish, insane, stupid, lunatic, idiotic, illogical, irrational, zany, senseless, absurd, silly, inane, asinine, hare-brained, ridiculous, ludicrous, wild, preposterous, fatuous
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Pronunciation

nonsensical

/nɒnˈsɛnsɪk(ə)l/