Definition of senseless in English:



  • 1[often as complement] (of a person) unconscious.

    ‘the attack left a policeman beaten senseless’
    • ‘I was momentarily concerned that one of the brawlers in the Boar might have knocked him senseless, but on questioning the barman I was informed that his only enemy that night had been the wine.’
    • ‘And, by the way, if the Moroccan restaurant doesn't knock you senseless you need surgery.’
    • ‘When he refused, she grabbed the phone but was knocked senseless by her angry husband.’
    • ‘In a little we had the senseless man stretched on a sofa in the library.’
    • ‘Sean pistol-whipped the man, knocking him senseless.’
    • ‘Eva, Lucas, and Aelex exchanged glances then trotted over to the gate, but not before Aelex knocked Mariposa senseless with a snow ball.’
    • ‘Indeed, I felt I was well on my way to becoming my company's lightweight champion, when I was knocked senseless by a lucky punch in the second round of my first fight.’
    • ‘When the other thief noticed her sword flashing toward his friend, he hit her hard across the back of her head once more, nearly knocking her senseless with the force of the blow.’
    • ‘I tried to escape later by crawling away, and was kicked until I was senseless.’
    • ‘My brain was having trouble communicating with my body apparently, because instead of moving away and knocking this random guy senseless, it was responding to his attentions, sinking further into his embrace.’
    • ‘The first guard had just begun to get up, when his large gun picked itself up, swinging through the air to collide with the back of a third guard's misshapen head, knocking him senseless.’
    • ‘And besides, short of knocking him senseless with a piece of plank, Michael doubted he could convince the other man to leave his side.’
    • ‘But then again, neither is seeing players earn multimillion-dollar contracts for knocking people senseless on 16 weekends of the year.’
    • ‘Although expected, the stench of mothballs nearly knocked us all senseless as we entered the small, stuffy hall which only grew smaller as we all piled in with our bags.’
    • ‘Your blows, and those of the army, will knock them senseless, destabilise them, and send them to their death.’
    • ‘The weapon flew through the air, its hilt colliding with Sicirin's forehead, knocking him senseless as the sword clattered to the floor beside him.’
    • ‘Then, when Collins knocked Sharpe senseless, Flatley kicked the penalty and Australia led 10-0 with 23 minutes gone.’
    • ‘The result is a less lethal explosion that will knock people senseless, injure and scare the hell out of them, but not necessarily kill them.’
    • ‘Wilfred had screamed Cora's name, and she'd flown down the stairs to find Wilfred holding a senseless Jane in his arms.’
    • ‘Strangely enough, the man recovered quickly, and punched Sean, knocking him senseless, and then tore down the alley.’
    unconscious, out cold, out, cold, stunned, numb, numbed, insensible, insensate, comatose, knocked out, out for the count
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    1. 1.1Incapable of sensation.
      ‘she knocked the glass from the girl's senseless fingers’
      • ‘My hands didn't want to work, my fingers utterly senseless, and when someone started to haul the line in the wet hemp simply started slipping through my fingers.’
      • ‘He heaved in another deep breath, exhaled shakily, and picked up the card with somewhat senseless fingers.’
      • ‘Blake, his throat constricted too much to talk, nodded and took the paper with senseless fingers, feeling some sort of overwhelming depression begin to rise up from his stomach.’
      • ‘With shaky hands she took the shampoo and soap, his fingers senseless.’
      deprived of sensation, without feeling, numbed, benumbed, dead, deadened, desensitized, insensible, insensate, unfeeling
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  • 2Lacking common sense; wildly foolish.

    ‘it was as senseless as crossing Death Valley on foot’
    • ‘His common complaint was the conversation was senseless.’
    • ‘There was a time when the man could crack a joke, though there was never anything he found funnier than man's futile quest for meaning in a hopeless, senseless world.’
    • ‘It was only foolish and harmful to consider such senseless things.’
    • ‘During 2003, we must pass meaningful legislation in Congress to stop senseless lawsuits.’
    • ‘Many other females made him irritable because of their continuous idle chatter and senseless conversation.’
    • ‘But I live in a country ridden with religious overtures in every facet of life, of silly, stupid superstitions, traditions and beliefs that are senseless and illogical.’
    • ‘She continued to scream senseless sentences, with that same meaning behind them.’
    • ‘He'd gone along on their senseless, asinine prowl, ignoring them the whole way, hating what he was surrounded by and hating himself for reasons he could no longer understand.’
    • ‘He rebels by breaking free of the role by doing senseless, insane things despite his obvious talent.’
    • ‘Happiness is not senseless, mindless, silly, stupid, corny, cheesy or unimportant.’
    • ‘It defends and justifies actions that are politically stupid and senseless, and which lure politically naive young people into a trap, in which they can easily be criminalised.’
    • ‘The chatter of Farash and the others seemed as senseless as the idiotic quacking of ducks, and yet at the same moment, they all seemed to be an integral part of the great design of things.’
    • ‘After three nights with no sleep and the fear of losing everything, your senseless, stupid act was the last straw.’
    • ‘Into those woods the hero stumbled, stupid if not senseless.’
    • ‘He had always been fascinated by the senseless complexity of its floor plan, the illogical sequence of nearly identical spaces.’
    pointless, futile, hopeless, fruitless, useless, needless, wasted, in vain, unavailing, aimless, idle, to no purpose, purposeless, worthless, meaningless, valueless, unproductive, unprofitable
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    1. 2.1(especially of violent or wasteful action) without discernible meaning or purpose.
      ‘in Vietnam I saw the senseless waste of human beings’
      • ‘The EU Chemicals Directive is probably one of the most senseless wastes of time and effort ever.’
      • ‘Those fine words a product of the confluence of cultures, building upon so much carnage, so much misunderstanding, so much senseless waste.’
      • ‘‘It is not enough to talk of senseless hatred, senseless violence or senseless evil, no matter how hard it may be for us to understand,’ he said.’
      • ‘Thus, the occasional dutiful songs in which a rapper urges men to take responsibility for their kids or laments senseless violence are mere garnish.’
      • ‘It was a senseless waste of human life and a total failure.’
      • ‘It is popularly held that Stewart retired in disgust at the senseless waste of it all but it's something he now denies.’
      • ‘Besides endangering a unique national resource, the bison slaughter program is a senseless waste of taxpayers' money.’
      • ‘Catholic and Protestant, mainly young people, held the vigil to show their revulsion at a senseless waste of a life.’
      • ‘Now the violence just seems senseless - a tit-for-tat exchange that nobody can justify.’
      • ‘With all the senseless violence human beings inflict on each other, we can all use a little more beauty in our lives.’
      • ‘This was such a senseless act of violence perpetrated upon a great talent and a great man.’
      • ‘However, we have still seen a senseless waste of life in the past year with five people killed on the roads.’
      • ‘The senseless waste of human life is graphically depicted as soldiers on both sides, fearful and mistrustful of themselves as much as each other, slaughter one another in the killing fields of Bangladesh.’
      • ‘I mean, sure, it's good to have some mystery, but waiting around forever wondering if you should make your move is just a senseless waste of time!’
      • ‘Do diplomat's kids get together at the University to go and commit violent, senseless crimes?’
      • ‘To lose her in such violent, senseless circumstances thousands of miles from home can only heighten their anguish.’
      • ‘Short said he and his family were struggling to come to terms with the violent, senseless nature of their son's death, coupled with signs of his swift descent into drug addiction.’
      • ‘After seeing someone close to him die as the victim of senseless, eminently preventable violent crime, he vows to protect the innocent, keeping the same fate from befalling others.’
      • ‘I deeply resent the obvious and senseless waste of resources in having five public employees at court for a whole day, particularly as my council tax payments are funding this extravagance.’
      • ‘While such commitment may be deserving of respect, it does not make that death any more than a senseless waste.’