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 (ĭn-sĕn′sāt′, -sĭt)
a. Lacking sensation or awareness; inanimate.
b. Unconscious.
2. Lacking sensibility; unfeeling: "a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal" (Peter S. Prescott).
a. Lacking sense or the power to reason.
b. Foolish; witless.

[Latin īnsēnsātus : in-, not; see in-1 + sēnsus, understanding, reason; see sense.]

in·sen′sate′ly adv.
in·sen′sate′ness n.
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(ɪnˈsɛnseɪt; -sɪt)
1. lacking sensation or consciousness
2. insensitive; unfeeling
3. foolish; senseless
inˈsensately adv
inˈsensateness n
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(ɪnˈsɛn seɪt, -sɪt)

1. not endowed with sensation; inanimate.
2. without feeling or sensitivity; cold; cruel.
3. without sense, understanding, or judgment; foolish.
[1510–20; < Late Latin insēnsātus irrational]
in•sen′sate•ly, adv.
in•sen′sate•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.insensate - devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation; "insentient (or insensate) stone"
2.insensate - without compunction or human feeling; "in cold blood"; "cold-blooded killing"; "insensate destruction"
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"
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1. Completely lacking sensation or consciousness:
2. Lacking passion and emotion:
3. Displaying a complete lack of forethought and good sense:
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[ɪnˈsenseɪt] ADJ
1. (= lacking sensation) → insensato
2. (= pointless) [violence, aggression] → absurdo
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adj (liter)
matter, stoneleblos, tot
(fig: = unfeeling) → gefühllos; she flew into an insensate furyein unmäßiger Zorn bemächtigte sich ihrer (liter)
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Bernstein (2011) argues that although nineteenth-century abolitionists successfully illustrated that African American enslaved bodies were capable of feeling pain (and were thus human), the "libel of insensateness" and its attendant meaning did not fade with the abolition of slavery.