- lacking sensation; not having the power to perceive with the senses
- having lost sensation; unconscious
- not recognizing or realizing; unaware; indifferent
- not responsive emotionally; without feeling
- so small, slight, or gradual as to be virtually imperceptible
- not intelligible; without meaning: now chiefly in legal use
- Obs. senseless; stupid
Origin of insensibleOld French ; from Classical Latin insensibilis: see in- and amp; sensible
- a. Imperceptible; inappreciable: an insensible change in temperature.b. Very small or gradual: insensible movement.
- a. Having lost consciousness, especially temporarily; unconscious: lay insensible where he had fallen.b. Not invested with sensation; inanimate: insensible clay.c. Devoid of physical sensation or the power to react, as to pain or cold; numb.
- a. Unaware; unmindful: I am not insensible of your concern.b. Not emotionally responsive; indifferent: insensible to criticism.
- Lacking meaning; unintelligible.
Origin of insensibleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin &imacron;ns&emacron;nsibilis, imperceivable : in-, not; see in–1 + s&emacron;nsibilis, perceptible; see sensible.
- in·sen′si·bil′i·ty, in·sen′si·ble·ness
(comparative more insensible, superlative most insensible)
From Old French insensible, from Late Latin insensibilis