1. not endowed with sensation; inanimate: insensate stone.
  2. without human feeling or sensitivity; cold; cruel; brutal.
  3. without sense, understanding, or judgment; foolish.


  1. lacking sensation or consciousness
  2. insensitive; unfeeling
  3. foolish; senseless

1510s, from Late Latin insensatus “irrational, foolish,” from Latin in- “not” (see in- (1)) + sensatus “gifted with sense” (see sensate). Insensate means “not capable of feeling sensation,” often “inanimate;” insensible means “lacking the power to feel with the senses,” hence, often, “unconscious;” insensitive means “having little or no reaction to what is perceived by one’s senses,” often “tactless.”

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