[syn: insensible, senseless]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Insensible \In*sen"si*ble\, a. [L. insensibilis: cf. F.
insensible. See In- not, and Sensible.]
1. Destitute of the power of feeling or perceiving; wanting
bodily sensibility; unconscious. --Milton.
2. 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. --Sir H.
Lost in their loves, insensible of shame. --Dryden.
3. 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. --Sir T.
They fall away,
And languish with insensible decay. --Dryden.
4. Not sensible or reasonable; meaningless. [Obs.]
If it make the indictment be insensible or
uncertain, it shall be quashed. --Sir M. Hale.
5. Incapable of feeling a specific sensation or emotion; as,
insensible to pity.
Syn: Imperceptible; imperceivable; dull; stupid; torpid;
numb; unfeeling; apathetic; stoical; impassive;
indifferent; unsusceptible; hard; callous.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: incapable of physical sensation; "insensible to pain";
"insensible earth" [ant: sensible, sensitive]
2: unaware of or indifferent to; "insensible to the suffering
around him" [syn: insensible(p), unaffected(p)]
3: barely able to be perceived; "the transition was almost
indiscernible"; "an almost insensible change" [syn:
indiscernible, insensible, undetectable]
4: unresponsive to stimulation; "he lay insensible where he had
fallen"; "drugged and senseless" [syn: insensible,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
149 Moby Thesaurus words for "insensible":
a stranger to, abiotic, absorbed, anesthetic, anesthetized,
apathetic, asleep, azoic, behind the curtain, behind the scenes,
benumbed, blind, blind to, blindfold, blindfolded, bloodless,
blunt, callous, camouflaged, caught napping, cold, comatose,
concealed, cool, dead, dead to, deadened, deaf, deaf to,
dim-sighted, disguised, dispassionate, dull, dumb, emotionless,
engrossed, exanimate, hard, hardened, hidden, impalpable,
impassible, impassive, imperceptible, imperceptive, impercipient,
impervious, imponderable, in ignorance of, inanimate, inanimated,
inappreciable, incognizant, inconsiderate, indifferent,
indiscernible, indurated, inert, insensate, insensible to,
insensitive, insentient, intangible, intent, invisible, latent,
lifeless, lost to, mind-blind, mindless, mute, myopic, napping,
nearsighted, nonconceiving, nonconscious, nonliving,
nonunderstanding, not with it, numb, numbed, obdurate, oblivious,
obtuse, out, out cold, out of it, out of sight, pachydermatous,
phlegmatic, preoccupied, purblind, rapt, rocky, secret, senseless,
shortsighted, sightless, soulless, stoic, stolid, submerged,
thick-skinned, thick-witted, thoughtless, torpid, unaffected,
unanimated, unapparent, unappreciable, unapprehending, unaware,
unaware of, unbeheld, unbeholdable, uncomprehending, unconscious,
unconscious of, undiscernible, undiscerning, unfeeling, unfelt,
unhearing, uninsightful, unknowing, unmindful, unmindful of,
unmoved, unnoticed, unobservable, unobserved, unperceivable,
unperceived, unperceiving, unperceptive, unprehensive, unrealized,
unrealizing, unseeable, unseeing, unseen, unsusceptible,
unsuspecting, untouched, unviewed, unwitnessed, unwitting,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
INSENSIBLE. In the language of pleading, that which is unintelligible is
said to be insensible. Steph. Pl. 378.