Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking sensation or awareness; inanimate.
  • adj. Unconscious.
  • adj. Lacking sensibility; unfeeling: "a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal” ( Peter S. Prescott).
  • adj. Lacking sense or the power to reason.
  • adj. Foolish; witless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no sensation or consciousness; unconscious; inanimate.
  • adj. Senseless; foolish; irrational.
  • adj. Unfeeling, heartless, cruel, insensitive.
  • adj. Not responsive to sensory stimuli.
  • n. One who is insensate.
  • v. To render insensate; to deprive of sensation or consciousness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting sensibility; destitute of sense; stupid; foolish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not endowed with sense; destitute of the power of feeling; naturally senseless; inanimate.
  • Wanting or deprived of sense; destitute of natural sense or feeling; stupid.
  • Marked by want of sense or feeling; manifesting insensibility; irrational; maniacal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation
  • adj. without compunction or human feeling

Etymologies

Latin īnsēnsātus : in-, not; see in-1 + sēnsus, understanding, reason; see sense.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • There must always be something shocking in the sacrifice of the higher life to the lower, of the sensate to what we are pleased to call the insensate, although no one who has studied the marvellously intelligent motives that impel a plant's activities can any longer consider the vegetable creation as lacking sensibility.

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  • Oftentimes, someone may become insensate, meaning they don't have any feeling on one side of their body or they have weakness on one side of their body.

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2009

  • Oftentimes someone may become insensate, meaning they don't have any feeling on one side of their body or they have weakness on one side of the body.

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2009

  • Describing the women's attackers as "insensate" ( 'Lacking sense or the power to reason;' 'Foolish; witless'), the traditional leaders said the actions of Ngcukana's attackers were not only "barbaric", but unconstitutional in that they violated gender discrimination provisions.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The very sight of Tony, bringing with it, as it did, a quickened rush of torturing remembrance, filled him with a kind of insensate fury.

    The Vision of Desire

  • She loved him as true women love, with that sublime self-sacrifice which only desires the happiness of the thing beloved; yet a kind of insensate rage stirred for once in her gentle soul to think that the mere sight of a strange woman with dark eyes, -- a woman whom no one knew anything about, and who was by some people deemed a mere adventuress, -- should have so overwhelmed this man whose genius she had deemed superior to fleeting impressions.

    Ziska

  • Regarding the insensate thaan, Shar sighed in resignation.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony

  • State courts had already ruled repeatedly and consistently that the tube feeding should be discontinued, consistent with her expressed wishes prior to the event that rendered her insensate.

    Barbara Coombs Lee: The Schiavo Case Seven Years Later

  • Some die on the table, but far more end up never walking again, having permanent colostomies, or just a dysfunctional and insensate genital mess due to inexperienced surgeons.

    RIP, Mike Penner « Dating Jesus

  • You had to have your wits about you, for it was a battle in which mighty blows were struck, on one side, and in which cunning was used on the other side -- a struggle between insensate force and intelligence.

    Jack London:Surfing in Hawaii

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