adjective Date: before 12th century 1. devoid of feeling ; insensate <
an unfeeling corpse
2. devoid of kindness or sympathy ; hardhearted, cruel <
an unfeeling brute
unfeelingly adverbunfeelingness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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