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Definition of "insensate" [in•sen•sate]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "insensate" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "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."