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a. Imperceptible; inappreciable: an insensible change in temperature.
b. Very small or gradual: insensible movement.
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.
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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Adv.1.insensibly - in a numb manner; without feeling; "I stared at him numbly"


[ɪnˈsensɪblɪ] ADV (frm) [change, improve, rise] → imperceptiblemente, insensiblemente


[ɪnˈsɛnsəblɪ] adv (imperceptibly) → impercettibilmente
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Relieved of their first anxiety about their father, girls insensibly relaxed their praiseworthy efforts a little, and began to fall back into old ways.
The charm of Edna Pontellier's physique stole insensibly upon you.
Insensibly the young man drew nigher to the swarthy lines of the Hurons, and scarcely breathed, so intense became his interest in the spectacle.
But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself.
But as if this vast local power in the tendinous tail were not enough, the whole bulk of the leviathan is knit over with a warp and woof of muscular fibres and filaments, which passing on either side the loins and running down into the flukes, insensibly blend with them, and largely contribute to their might; so that in the tail the confluent measureless force of the whole whale seems concentrated to a point.
Shelby's representations, and partly from the remarkably inoffensive and quiet character of the man, Tom had insensibly won his way far into the confidence even of such a man as Haley.
It may be that you have discovered, before this, that the rigors of military law and custom melt insensibly away and disappear when a soldier or a regiment or the garrison wants to do something that will please Cathy.
Tom presently began to drift insensibly back into the con- cerns of this life again.
It was hot; and after walking some time over the gardens in a scattered, dispersed way, scarcely any three together, they insensibly followed one another to the delicious shade of a broad short avenue of limes, which stretching beyond the garden at an equal distance from the river, seemed the finish of the pleasure grounds.
From this they had glided insensibly into a subject often repeated among them, and never exhausted by repetition -- the praise of Mr.
We insensibly approached the old boat, and entered.
I insensibly fall into a general mention of these journeys as numerous, because it was at once settled that I should return every alternate day at noon for these purposes, and because I am now going to sum up a period of at least eight or ten months.