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inane

empty, pointless, lacking sense, complacently foolish: I was bored by the lecturer’s inane presentation.
Not to be confused with:
insane – afflicted with mental derangement, having a disordered mind, mad: Her bizarre threats were the result of an insane jealousy.
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in·ane

 (ĭn-ān′)
adj. in·an·er, in·an·est
Lacking sense or substance: interrupting with inane comments; angry with my inane roommate.

[Latin inānis, empty, lacking sense.]

in·ane′ly adv.
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inane

(ɪˈneɪn)
adj
senseless, unimaginative, or empty; unintelligent: inane remarks.
[C17: from Latin inānis empty]
inˈanely adv
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in•ane

(ɪˈneɪn)

adj.
1. lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.
2. empty; void.
n.
3. something that is empty or void, esp. the void of infinite space.
[1655–65; < Latin inānis empty, false, vain]
in•ane′ly, adv.
syn: See foolish.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inane - devoid of intelligence
foolish - devoid of good sense or judgment; "foolish remarks"; "a foolish decision"
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inane

adjective senseless, stupid, silly, empty, daft (informal), worthless, futile, trifling, frivolous, mindless, goofy (informal), idiotic, vacuous, fatuous, puerile, vapid, unintelligent, asinine, imbecilic, devoid of intelligence He always had this inane grin.
serious, significant, sensible, profound, worthwhile, meaningful, weighty
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inane

adjective
Lacking intelligent thought or content:
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Translations

inane

[ɪˈneɪn] ADJ [remark] → necio, fatuo, sonso (LAm); [laugh, task, activity] → tonto; [expression] (on face) → estúpido
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inane

[ɪˈneɪn] adj [laugh, remark] → inepte
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

inane

adjdumm; suggestion alsohirnverbrannt
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inane

[ɪˈneɪn] adj (remark) → sciocco/a, stupido/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Eventually, Emile's knowledge of death leads him to realize the inaneness of putting a high priority on accumulating property (Spring, 1994).
The real reason that fruit fly nomenclatural inaneness remains secure, Quinn maintains, is that most fruit fly geneticists "are not very restrained by the bounds of good taste."