adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin insensibilis, from in- + sensibilis sensible Date: 14th century 1. imperceptible <
dampened by an insensible dew
; broadly slight, gradual <
insensible motion
2. incapable or bereft of feeling or sensation: as a. not endowed with life or spirit ; insentient <
insensible earth
b. unconscious <
knocked insensible by a sudden blow
c. lacking sensory perception or ability to react <
insensible to pain
3. a. lacking emotional response ; apathetic, indifferent <
insensible to fear
b. unaware <
insensible of their danger
4. archaic stupid, senseless 5. not intelligible ; meaningless 6. lacking delicacy or refinement • insensibility nouninsensibleness nouninsensibly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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