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insensate (adj.)

1510s, "lacking or deprived of physical senses," from Late Latin insensatus "irrational, foolish," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sensatus "gifted with sense" (see sensate).

Meaning "irrational, maniacle, lacking or deprived of mental sense" is from 1520s; meaning "lacking or deprived of moral sense, unfeeling" is from 1550s. Insensate means "not capable of feeling sensation," often "inanimate;" insensible means "lacking the power to feel with the senses," hence, often, "unconscious;" insensitive means "having little or no reaction to what is perceived by one's senses," often "tactless." Related: Insensately; insensateness.

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Definitions of insensate

insensate (adj.)
devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation;
insentient (or insensate) stone
Synonyms: insentient
insensate (adj.)
without compunction or human feeling;
insensate destruction
Synonyms: cold / cold-blooded / inhuman
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