insensible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj insensible unresponsive to stimulation "he lay insensible where he had fallen","drugged and senseless"
    • adj insensible barely able to be perceived "the transition was almost indiscernible","an almost insensible change"
    • adj insensible incapable of physical sensation "insensible to pain","insensible earth"
    • adj insensible unaware of or indifferent to "insensible to the suffering around him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insensible Destitute of the power of feeling or perceiving; wanting bodily sensibility; unconscious.
    • Insensible Incapable of being perceived by the senses; imperceptible. Hence: Progressing by imperceptible degrees; slow; gradual; as, insensible motion. "Two small and almost insensible pricks were found upon Cleopatra's arm.""They fall away,
      And languish with insensible decay."
    • Insensible Incapable of feeling a specific sensation or emotion; as, insensible to pity.
    • Insensible Not sensible or reasonable; meaningless. "If it make the indictment be insensible or uncertain, it shall be quashed."
    • Insensible Not susceptible of emotion or passion; void of feeling; apathetic; unconcerned; indifferent; as, insensible to danger, fear, love, etc.; -- often used with of or to. "Accept an obligation without being a slave to the giver, or insensible to his kindness.""Lost in their loves, insensible of shame."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insensible Not perceptible by the senses; imperceptible; inappreciable.
    • insensible Not sensible to the mind; not consciously apprehended or appreciated; unconscious.
    • insensible Without the power of feeling or sensation; without corporeal sensibility.
    • insensible Not susceptible of emotion or passion; void of feeling or tenderness: as, to be insensible to the sufferings of others.
    • insensible Void of sense or meaning; meaningless.
    • insensible Dull, torpid, senseless, unconscious, unfeeling, unsusceptible, indifferent, hard, callous.
    • n insensible One who is lacking in sensibility; a thoroughly apathetic person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Insensible in-sen′si-bl not having feeling: not susceptible of emotion: callous: dull: unconscious: imperceptible by the senses
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Quotations

  • Saadi
    Saadi
    “A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “All in all, punishment hardens and renders people more insensible; it concentrates; it increases the feeling of estrangement; it strengthens the power of resistance.”
  • Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    “Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. insensibilis,: cf. F. insensible,. See In- not, and Sensible

Usage

In literature:

Peachey, the first to enter, saw a gash on the neck of the insensible girl; in her hand she held a pair of scissors.
"In the Year of Jubilee" by George Gissing
Insensibly the minutes went by.
"The Odd Women" by George Gissing
I confess that the hand here writing is not insensible to the effects of that first glass of champagne.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
It helped her to fall into a state of insensibility.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
Still I am sure I tasted some before I fell into a state of semi-insensibility.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
He is an active spirit, not your negative passive letter-of-Scripture Insensible.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
One was insensible, one flying, and those two on the ground.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
To his attractions the maiden was by no means insensible.
"Finger Posts on the Way of Life" by T. S. Arthur
My life throbbed and burned within me, in that direction: it was all coldness, torpor, insensibility, in every other.
"Basil" by Wilkie Collins
But in themselves they are only the motions and configurations of certain insensible particles of matter.
"Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists" by George Berkeley
Bennington had knocked him down again, and this time the puddler remained on the ground, insensible.
"Half a Rogue" by Harold MacGrath
Rinaldo succeeded in the encounter, and so severe was the shock that Isolier was a long time insensible.
"Legends of Charlemagne" by Thomas Bulfinch
He was not insensible to the compliment, but it was one he had experienced before.
"The Transgression of Andrew Vane" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
The very familiarity of blessings sometimes makes us insensible to their value.
"Practical Religion" by John Charles Ryle
Lord Frederick, however, seemed entirely insensible to my presence.
"Discipline" by Mary Brunton
The contents were written at a time, when she thought me insensible, or at least too scrupulous.
"The Sylph, Volume I and II" by Georgiana Cavendish
And Slyne's sneering insensibility was difficult to endure when he recalled what he himself had also seen in the woods.
"The White Blackbird" by Hudson Douglas
He was not insensible of her feeling, for the birth of which he was responsible.
"Prince Charlie" by Burford Delannoy
This insensibility to beauty the most exquisite wanted no advocate with Mrs. Tyrold.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney
I had fallen from my chair and remained insensible the whole night.
"The Closed Book" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

Insensible the maiden lay
Upon the hellish ground,
And still mysterious sounds were heard
At intervals around.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
'Tis to sleep in a clayey cell,
With corruption for our bride;
Deaf, dumb, insensible,
Waked by no morning's tide.
"Death" by John Bowring
Shatter with insensate jeers!--
But these weary eyes are dry,
Tearless clear, and if I die
They shall know no tears.
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
Tigers marvel in their lust
At the tale of blood and pain,
Pity move the insensate dust,
And the very stones complain.
"The Rhyme Of The Beast" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Still, insensate mother, bore
Goodly sons for Helot graves;
Iron necks that meekly wore
Sparta's yoke as Sparta's slaves.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Cold the haughty Spartan smiled--
His the power to knit that day,
Bacchic fires, insensate, wild,
To the grand Achean clay.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

CSU Trustees Bordering On The Insensate.
CSU Trustees Bordering On The Insensate .
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In science:

Equivalently, as Vavasis condition is insensible to taking convex hulls, F (·) is globally invertible on I if the set ∆ = conv(∪M i=1∆i ) forms a strict V -family.
A sufficient condition for global invertibility of Lipschitz mapping
However, it is rather insensible to variable mixing in the gaugino sector.
Spin Correlations in Production and Subsequent Decay of Neutralinos
For energies far above threshold the shape of the lepton angular distribution is rather insensible to the mixing in the gaugino sector and to the value of m0 .
Spin Correlations in Production and Subsequent Decay of Neutralinos
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