in·sen·sate [in-sen-seyt, -sit]


  • not endowed with sensation or consciousness; inanimate; lacking physical sensation
  • without human feeling, sympathy, compassion or sensitivity; cold; cruel; brutal; unfeeling.
  • without sense, understanding, reason, or judgment; foolish.
  • lacking sensation
  • insensitive; unfeeling
  • foolish; senseless


1510–20; late 15th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin insensatus, from in- ‘not’ + sensatus ‘having senses’ (see sensate).


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