mindless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mindless requiring little mental effort "mindless tasks"
    • adj mindless lacking the thinking capacity characteristic of a conscious being "the shrieking of the mindless wind"
    • adj mindless not marked by the use of reason "mindless violence","reasonless hostility","a senseless act"
    • adj mindless not mindful or attentive "while thus unmindful of his steps he stumbled"- G.B.Shaw"
    • adj mindless devoid of intelligence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mindless Not indued with mind or intellectual powers; stupid; unthinking.
    • Mindless Unmindful; inattentive; heedless; careless. "Cursed Athens, mindless of thy worth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mindless Without mind; wanting power of thought; brutish; stupid; inanimate.
    • mindless Unmindful; thoughtless; heedless; careless.
    • mindless Not exhibiting or denoting thought; void of sense; irrational; inane: as, “mindless activity,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mindless without mind: stupid
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Quotations

  • Lewis Carroll
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    “And thus they give the time, that Nature meant for peaceful sleep and meditative snores, to ceaseless din and mindless merriment and waste of shoes and floors.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ge-myndmunan, to think; Ger. meinen, to think, L. mens, the mind.

Usage

In literature:

The mindless robot searchers.
"The Memory of Mars" by Raymond F. Jones
He seemed so gross, so mindless.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
I have wept over the feebleness and deformity of a child, lame, or born blind, or, worse still, mindless.
"The World I Live In" by Helen Keller
And you, mindless little donkey, what do you want me to make of her?
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
But they did so in mindless rage, and afterward they were ashamed.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She was lost in wordless, mindless grief.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
There was no sign that its blind, mindless patience was becoming exhausted.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The poor mindless creatures paid no heed to what was going on, but dully continued their appointed tasks.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner
It would be blasphemous to believe that God creates a mindless man.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
Thus mindlesse of what idle men will say He takes his own and stilly goes his way.
"Democritus Platonissans" by Henry More
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In poetry:

More mindless still, stream, pasture, lake,
The mountains yet more heartless seem,
And life's unceasing quest and ache
Only a dream within a dream.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Which is not Mind nor Mindlessness,
Nor Deed nor driven Doer,
Nor Want nor Wasting of Desire;
But only that which won can bless;
And of all else is pure.
"The Great Buddha Of Kamakura To The Sphinx" by Cale Young Rice
At White Cloud Spring on Tianping Mountain
the clouds are mindless and the water relaxed.
Why bother to rush down the mountain slope
and add waves to the human world?
"White Cloud Spring" by Bai JuYi
And to me, though Time's unflinching rigour,
In mindless rote, has ruled from sight
The substance now, one phantom figure
Remains on the slope, as when that night
Saw us alight.
"At Castle Boterel" by Thomas Hardy
I would more natures were like thine,
So innocently wild and free,
Whose sad thoughts, even, leap and shine,
Like sunny wavelets in the sea,
Making us mindless of the brine,
In gazing on the brilliancy.
"Allegra" by James Russell Lowell
If he hath hidden the outcast, or let in
A ray of sunshine to the cell of sin;
If he hath lent
Strength to the weak, and, in an hour of need,
Over the suffering, mindless of his creed
Or home, hath bent;
"The Reward" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

" Mindless negativity" on hunger, malnutrition, and child marriage.
Mindless violence can't be an accepted reaction to offensive expression of opinion.
Mindless statements can be innocent - or not.
Josh Morgan's mindless penalty costs Redskins in loss to Rams.
Mindless snacking is a habit and behavior that can wreak havoc when trying to lose weight.
Some officials seem ready for serious governing rather than mindless sloganeering.
Zombies 'R Us: Mindless hordes, Tacoma's the place for you.
Mindless Behavior and The OMG Girlz stopped in and took things to another level, with a little friendly competition that send their fans into a frenzy.
Mindless Self Indulgence at the Newport.
Ghost Rider is mindless fun.
Mindless Behavior makes a splash in NYC.
Constructive forum or mindless sniping.
If so, count yourself among the millions who are victims of mindless eating.
'Tree of Life' not your typical mindless summer offering.
Mindless march of the media herd.
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In science:

Page, “Mindless Sensationalism: A Quantum Framework for Consciousness,” to be published in Consciousness: New Philosophical Essays, eds. Q.
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
Suppose there are two players - A and B going to play the following mindless card game.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
However, if one mindlessly applies (2), one gets a diverging integral and the use of CFT for evaluation of integral (103) appears to be problematic.
A few remarks on Colour-Flavour Transformations,truncations of random unitary matrices, Berezin reproducing kernels and Selberg type integrals
The appearance of well cited papers relatively late in the development of a field is an encouraging sign that true citation patterns don’t just mindlessly follow the preferential attachment rule.
The first-mover advantage in scientific publication
Mindless Sensationalism: A Quantum Framework for Consciousness. 2002.
The Many Computations Interpretation (MCI) of Quantum Mechanics
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