Insensible In*sen"si*ble, a. [L. insensibilis: cf. F. insensible. See {In-} not, and {Sensible}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Destitute of the power of feeling or perceiving; wanting bodily sensibility; unconscious. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Accept an obligation without being a slave to the giver, or insensible to his kindness. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

Lost in their loves, insensible of shame. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Incapable of being perceived by the senses; imperceptible. Hence: Progressing by imperceptible degrees; slow; gradual; as, insensible motion. [1913 Webster]

Two small and almost insensible pricks were found upon Cleopatra's arm. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

They fall away, And languish with insensible decay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Not sensible or reasonable; meaningless. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

If it make the indictment be insensible or uncertain, it shall be quashed. --Sir M. Hale.

5. Incapable of feeling a specific sensation or emotion; as, insensible to pity. [PJC]

Syn: Imperceptible; imperceivable; dull; stupid; torpid; numb; unfeeling; apathetic; stoical; impassive; indifferent; unsusceptible; hard; callous. [1913 Webster]

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