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Devoid of sensation or consciousness; inanimate.

in·sen′tience n.
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rare lacking consciousness or senses; inanimate
inˈsentience, inˈsentiency n
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(ɪnˈsɛn ʃi ənt, -ʃənt)

not sentient; without sensation or feeling.
in•sen′ti•ence, in•sen′ti•en•cy, n.
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Adj.1.insentient - devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation; "insentient (or insensate) stone"
sentient, animate - endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness; "the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage"- T.E.Lawrence
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Completely lacking sensation or consciousness:
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References in classic literature ?
Now it bound him with insentient fetters, walling his soul in darkness and silence, blocking it from the world which to him had been a riot of action.
Most of us have more or less frequently derived a similar impression from a man's manner of doing some very little thing: plucking a flower, clearing away an obstacle, or even destroying an insentient object.
President Buhari is an insentient human vegetable who is barely aware of his own existence.
Or, if we are Greeks, we invent a Zeus, who is Father and Counselor and yet remains an automatic, explosive Thunderstorm." Like Horkheimer and Adorno, Harrison identifies in Greek tragedy the need to rationalize "automatic, explosive" natural phenomena, though Harrison herself is adamant that the brute power of the elements--the automatic and insentient, explosive, chance thunderstorm--should not be viewed as the divine communique of any Father or Counselor.
In these stories, zombies are insentient animated corpses exploited and unaware of their oppressed condition.
It might also be worth noting in this respect that Utpaladeva, in his commentary on the Sivadrsti, explains that in Bhartrhari's system the Madhyama and Vaikhari planes of language--and therefore of reality--are insentient (that is to say, they really belong to the realm of objects) "insofar as their forms are variegated due to ignorance" (avidyasabalarupataya), (43) an expression that clearly echoes avidyasabala in fragment 2.
The zombie, an insentient creature with a tendency to swarm, has been used in several disciplines in recent years to shed light on the dynamics of economics, capitalism, and international politics and to channel fears connected to social alienation, especially as a result of digital and communication technologies and overpopulation (22,36-38).
At the physiological (response) level, they lack efficient vasoconstriction and/or vasodilation, and/or there is restricted shivering and sweating in insentient portions of the body (Attia and Engel 1983).
While it would be enticing at first to buy a cheap product, you always need to remind yourself to stay away from an insentient mind-set, embrace forward-thinking and stick to value.
But what stays with you is Jeremy, hounded by strangers competing to report sightings of him as if he were an insentient avatar in some violent video game." MARILYN STASIO
There are 97 provisions of the Constitution qualified by the phrase "as may be provided by law" or "as Congress may provide." The modifying clauses render lifeless and insentient provisions of the Constitution.
(27) Interspersed throughout the transformations from stone and sculpture to human and/or divine form are transformations of the human and divine into insentient matter.