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Devoid of sensation or consciousness; inanimate.

in·sen′tience n.


rare lacking consciousness or senses; inanimate
inˈsentience, inˈsentiency n


(ɪnˈsɛn ʃi ənt, -ʃənt)

not sentient; without sensation or feeling.
in•sen′ti•ence, in•sen′ti•en•cy, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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


Completely lacking sensation or consciousness:
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.
The modifying clauses render lifeless and insentient provisions of the Constitution.
Let's prove him wrong by outliving the insentient beings, to bask in the glory of our own intellect as homosapiens.
It is a common belief among modern naturalists that consciousness has evolved from insentient material forms of organization.
Already it was bone, the gray sky and the encroaching skyline pecked so clean by raptor night I shuddered at the cold gleam we hurtled toward like some insentient herd plunging underground at Clark and Division.
By doing so, he clarifies what Islamism is not: monolithic or insentient.
Just as it is to the parson's credit that he refuses to treat his servants as insentient blocks of wood, he accordingly does not account for his parishioners as numbers, but as distinct and precious human beings.
The government is not interested in your contribution; Egypt has always been governed by an insentient state that will never be capable of taking notice of scientifically motivated citizens.
Spearmint, olive and lemon trees must not be seen, in this context, as mere vegetative life that is insentient, fungible and outside the domain of the ethical and the grievable.
they had moved by the power of the thought that one remakes the earth for one's enjoyment, that man's spirit gives meaning to insentient matter by molding it to serve one's chosen purpose.
Many people are of the opinion that the existence of consciousness in this universe is a reality and the big bang theory could not be considered complete till it can account for the presence of consciousness along with the other forms of insentient matter.