Definitions

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

  • adj. Lacking intelligence or good sense; foolish.
  • adj. Having no intelligent purpose, meaning, or direction: mindless violence.
  • adj. Giving or showing little attention or care; heedless: mindless of the dangers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Showing a lack of forethought or sense.
  • adj. Having no sensible meaning or purpose.
  • adj. Heedless.
  • adj. Overly repetitive and unchallenging.
  • adj. Lacking a mind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not indued with mind or intellectual powers; stupid; unthinking.
  • adj. Unmindful; inattentive; heedless; careless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without mind; wanting power of thought; brutish; stupid; inanimate.
  • Unmindful; thoughtless; heedless; careless.
  • Not exhibiting or denoting thought; void of sense; irrational; inane: as, “mindless activity,”

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

  • adj. not mindful or attentive
  • adj. requiring little mental effort
  • adj. devoid of intelligence
  • adj. not marked by the use of reason
  • adj. lacking the thinking capacity characteristic of a conscious being

Etymologies

From Middle English myndeles, from Old English myndlēas ("foolish, senseless"), equivalent to mind +‎ -less. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pink says it examines what she calls mindless consumerism, how young girls are so celeb obsessed they ` ll do anything to talk like stars, dress like stars and be like stars.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2006

  • At the same time, more people are indulging in what they called "mindless munching" at home, with sweet-eating outside the home decreasing by 16% over the past year.

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  • Libiran said he is never at ease being compared with big-budget Filipino directors specialising in what he calls mindless, song-and-dance movie formulas that rake in millions.

    Arab Times Kuwait English Daily

  • "Red Nails" comes to mind as having a great setting - a vast ruined, enclosed city through which the decadent survivors of a great civilization hunt each other in mindless blood-lust.

    MIND MELD: The Best Sword & Sorcery Stories

  • Daniel Smith: The only thing we can reasonably conclude is that the intentionality we observe in mindless nature is the product of a mind that exists outside of nature.

    De Facto Intelligent Design in Biology

  • The only thing we can reasonably conclude is that the intentionality we observe in mindless nature is the product of a mind that exists outside of nature.

    De Facto Intelligent Design in Biology

  • I am concerned that instead we have found a surrogate for our children, in mindless commercial capitalism.

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  • Would you rather be on the shop floor building Falcon boosters, or in mindless meetings or telecons at NASA discussing "requirements"?

    Launching the 21st Century American Aerospace Workforce - NASA Watch

  • Spent the rest of the evening in mindless Net surfing, waiting to see how long it would take the house full of people that showed up to actually bother saying hello to me (an hour and a half, in case you are interested).

    Greetings And Salutations

  • A Supreme Court judge in Tasmania has sentenced a man to a year's jail for an assault she described as mindless violence, fuelled by drug and alcohol.

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  • You have to be in the proper frame of mindless.
    --Jeff Rosenbaum, April 1981

    December 1, 2007