• WordNet 3.6
    • n insensibility devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness
    • n insensibility a lack of sensibility
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insensibility Lack of tenderness or susceptibility of emotion or passion; dullness; stupidity.
    • Insensibility The state or quality of being insensible; lack of sensibility; torpor; unconsciousness; as, the insensibility produced by a fall, or by opiates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n insensibility Lack of physical sensibility; the state of being insensible to physical impressions; absence of feeling or sensation.
    • n insensibility Lack of moral sensibility, or the power to be moved or affected; lack of tenderness or susceptibility of emotion.
    • n insensibility Synonyms Indifference, Insensibility, Impassibility, etc. See apathy.
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  • Saadi
    “A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “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
    “Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. insensibilité,


In literature:

An insensate curiosity had seized her, and she had read and read again until it was beyond the reach of fire.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The Egyptian girl was carried insensible into the queen-mother's apartments.
"An Egyptian Princess, Complete" by Georg Ebers
He had left Nell Darrel there not more than twenty minutes since, drugged into complete insensibility.
"Dyke Darrel the Railroad Detective" by Frank Pinkerton
The storm of passion insensibly subsided into calmer melancholy.
"Memoirs of My Life and Writings" by Edward Gibbon
She said, he fancied I thought of somebody else, or I could never be so insensible.
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
Ropes were let down, and the lad was drawn up insensible.
"The Trail of the Sword, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Three minutes later, on the raft, he was examining a wound in the head of an insensible man.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
To this customary expedient Hard-Heart was perfectly insensible.
"The Prairie" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Joost was hurled twenty feet by the explosion, and lay on the ground insensible until a herdsman found him some hours later.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
The crowd insensibly diminished.
"The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny" by Friedrich Schiller

In poetry:

Insensible of soft desire,
Behold Colemira prove
More partial to the kitchen fire
Than to the fire of Love.
"Colemira : A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
HENCE, Prudence! bane of ev'ry virtuous deed,
Child of Cold Prejudice and selfish Fear,
Insensible to Sorrow's bitter tear,
Wrung from the heart thou bid'st unpitied bleed!
"To Prudence" by Charlotte Dacre
Flower fondled, clasp'd in ivy's close caress,
It seems allied with Nature, yet apart:--
Of wood's and wave's insensate loveliness
The glad, sad, tranquil, passionate, human heart.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
I speak not of beauty; — it is not a face
That can win the affection of hearts such as mine :
I never the sweetness, some fancy, could trace
In features so cold and insensate as thine.
"I Speak Not of Beauty" by Mary Anne Browne
For death's the only answer that we make
When hungry kingdoms rise and fall on strife;
Still one insensate spirit's greed can break
The wide world's peace, and drain her holy founts of life.
"Reason And Honour " by Eden Phillpotts
"She shall be sportive as the fawn
That wild with glee across the lawn
Or up the mountain springs;
And her's shall be the breathing balm,
And her's the silence and the calm
Of mute insensate things.
"Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower" by William Wordsworth

In news:

CSU Trustees Bordering On The Insensate.
CSU Trustees Bordering On The Insensate .

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