insensibleness


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in·sen·si·ble

 (ĭn-sĕn′sə-bəl)
adj.
1.
a. Imperceptible; inappreciable: an insensible change in temperature.
b. Very small or gradual: insensible movement.
2.
a. Having lost consciousness, especially temporarily; unconscious: lay insensible where he had fallen.
b. Not invested with sensation; inanimate: insensible clay.
c. Devoid of physical sensation or the power to react, as to pain or cold; numb.
3.
a. Unaware; unmindful: I am not insensible of your concern.
b. Not emotionally responsive; indifferent: insensible to criticism.
4. Lacking meaning; unintelligible.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īnsēnsibilis, imperceivable : in-, not; see in-1 + sēnsibilis, perceptible; see sensible.]

in·sen′si·bil′i·ty, in·sen′si·ble·ness n.
in·sen′si·bly adv.
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Christian narration and revelation also avoid the atheism and the nihilism of those who do not accept the insensibleness of the permanent and lacerating reality of the human dimension, as well as the facile ontological irenicisms, empirical or metaphysical, that decree the unreality of evil in conformity with their own abstract mental assumptions--all inhospitable, vain experiments.
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