Definition of nonsensical in English:

nonsensical

adjective

  • 1Having no meaning; making no sense.

    ‘a nonsensical argument’
    ‘he dismissed the claim as nonsensical’
    • ‘As their argument sinks, the nonsensical numbers of the Lancet Study are all that is left to cling to.’
    • ‘Instead, many critics have focused on a fairly nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘We should nip this nonsensical argument in the bud before it's taken too far, and the federal government follows.’
    • ‘I couldn't remember all the games I came up with, some that made sense and others that were completely nonsensical.’
    • ‘Then, having apparently resolved their nonsensical argument, the sorcerer said a phrase in a language Isobel did not understand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a result, he develops more arguments against rationalism, and finds them more and more nonsensical and therefore less worthwhile reading.’
    • ‘I laughed, delighted with the nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘But here's the philosophical conundrum: how can one exercise common sense when the rules themselves are nonsensical?’
    • ‘This argument is as nonsensical as it is cruel and an extra billion is not enough.’
    • ‘It was a nonsensical argument and one got the impression that Kerr did not believe it himself.’
    • ‘Her experience is not only painful; it seems meaningless and nonsensical.’
    • ‘Consequently, his lawyers are talking to Martel's lawyers, who are the only people likely to profit from this nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘So we must try to make sense of what seems on the surface to be nonsensical.’
    • ‘If the writer's argument is nonsensical, readers are quick to say so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the wall is not finished, this is a nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘However, words tend to fail when it comes to making sense of Herriman's often nonsensical tales.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It looked nonsensical and meaningless but held its own importance.’
    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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘No parking all day is totally out of order, ludicrous, and nonsensical.’
    • ‘There were committee members making wild - and occasionally nonsensical - charges.’
    • ‘My plan, in short, was to nod a lot and agree with whatever anyone said, however idiotic or nonsensical.’
    • ‘Do they not see these weapons act as a much-needed deterrent against the irrationality of terrorist states and their nonsensical anti-Western ideologies?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has been condemned as irrational and nonsensical; on the other hand, it has been considered the supreme expression of the human spirit.’
    • ‘Part 2 of this bill is the part that deals with the nonsensical, silly approach that has been applied by this Government.’
    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/