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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 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.
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.
Computations and cybernetic processes are insentient because approach builds on and extends Maturana and Varela's (1980) notion of autopoiesis and Stuart Kauffman's (1993, 1995) idea of autocatalysis.
In this volume, attempting to resolve where we are to place character, Lacan's ideas about language and ethics is considered, at the same time shaking readers out of evoking the insentient nature of subjectivity.
86) As a form of insentience, finally, bad character is a form of death--for to live insentient, as plants do, is in a sense "to lie dead and unbeing.
The Baktaman shield is apparently understood to embody some form of agency rather than being just an insentient object used in a purposeful human act.
Despite their apparent realism, and in contrast to the lion of the text, they seem small, dull, and insentient.
You've seen the yawning gap that opens up for Farquhar twice, once when he steps out of child's play into the horror of approaching death, and again, when he is snapped out of desperate fantasy and transformed into a lump of insentient matter swaying beneath the bridge.
If you look at an image of a 10-week-old fetus and see "human," instead of a lump of insentient human tissue, then climate change is not humanity's most pressing issue.