(Latin) insensibilis: confer (French) insensible. See In- not, and Sensible.
1. Destitute of the power of feeling or perceiving; wanting bodily sensibility. Milton.2. Not susceptible of emotion or passion; void of feeling; apathetic; unconcerned; indifferent; as, insensible to danger, fear, love, etc.; -- often used with of or to. Accept an obligation without being a slave to the giver, or insensible to his kindness. Sir High Wotton. Lost in their loves, insensible of shame. Dryden.3. Incapable of being perceived by the senses; imperceptible. Hence: Progressing by imperceptible degrees; slow; gradual; as, insensible motion. Two small and almost insensible pricks were found upon Cleopatra's arm. Sir T. Browne. They fall away, And languish with insensible decay. Dryden.4. Not sensible or reasonable; meaningless. (obsolete) If it make the indictment be insensible or uncertain, it shall be quashed. Sir Middle Hale.
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From Old French insensible, from Late Latin insensibilis
(incapable of emotional feeling): insensitive
Adjective insensible (comparative more insensible, superlative most insensible) Unable to be perceived by the senses. Sir Thomas Browne Two small and almost insensible pricks were found upon Cleopatra's arm. Dryden They fall away, / And languish with insensible decay. Incapable or deprived of physical sensation. 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, The Fate of the Artemis: “ Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound, on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck ; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. ” Unable to be understood; unintelligible. Not sensible or reasonable; meaningless. Sir M. Hale If it make the indictment be insensible or uncertain, it shall be quashed. Incapable of mental feeling; indifferent. Dryden Lost in their loves, insensible of shame. Sir H. Wotton Accept an obligation without being a slave to the giver, or insensible to his kindness. 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 138 In spite of her deep-rooted dislike, she could not be insensible to the compliment of such a man's affection... Incapable of emotional feeling; callous; apathetic.
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