Definition of nonsensical in English:



  • 1Having no meaning; making no sense.

    ‘a nonsensical argument’
    ‘he dismissed the claim as nonsensical’
    • ‘It was a nonsensical argument and one got the impression that Kerr did not believe it himself.’
    • ‘Instead, many critics have focused on a fairly nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But here's the philosophical conundrum: how can one exercise common sense when the rules themselves are nonsensical?’
    • ‘It looked nonsensical and meaningless but held its own importance.’
    • ‘This argument is as nonsensical as it is cruel and an extra billion is not enough.’
    • ‘Consequently, his lawyers are talking to Martel's lawyers, who are the only people likely to profit from this nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘However, words tend to fail when it comes to making sense of Herriman's often nonsensical tales.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So we must try to make sense of what seems on the surface to be nonsensical.’
    • ‘Her experience is not only painful; it seems meaningless and 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.’
    • ‘As the wall is not finished, this is a nonsensical argument.’
    • ‘I couldn't remember all the games I came up with, some that made sense and others that were completely nonsensical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As their argument sinks, the nonsensical numbers of the Lancet Study are all that is left to cling to.’
    • ‘I laughed, delighted with the nonsensical argument.’
    meaningless, senseless, illogical, unmeaning
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  • 2Ridiculously impractical or ill-advised.

    ‘a tax that everyone recognizes was nonsensical’
    • ‘There were committee members making wild - and occasionally nonsensical - charges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No parking all day is totally out of order, ludicrous, and 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?’
    foolish, insane, stupid, lunatic, idiotic, illogical, irrational, zany, senseless, absurd, silly, inane, asinine, hare-brained, ridiculous, ludicrous, wild, preposterous, fatuous
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