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Insensibility definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INSENSIBIL'ITY, n. [from insensible.]
1. Want of sensibility, or the power of feeling or perceiving. A frozen limb is in a state of insensibility, as is an animal body after death.
2. Want of the power to be moved or affected; want of tenderness or susceptibility of emotion and passion. Not to be moved at the distresses of others denotes an insensibility extremely unnatural.
3. Dullness; stupidity; torpor.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a lack of sensibility [ant: aesthesia, esthesia, sensibility]
2: devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness [syn: unfeelingness, callousness, callosity, hardness, insensibility]

Merriam Webster's

noun see insensible

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 unconsciousness. 2 a lack of mental feeling or emotion; hardness. 3 (often foll. by to) indifference. Etymology: F insensibilité or LL insensibilitas (as INSENSIBLE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Insensibility In*sen`si*bil"i*ty, n. [Cf. F. insensibilit['e].] 1. The state or quality of being insensible; want of sensibility; torpor; unconsciousness; as, the insensibility produced by a fall, or by opiates. 2. Want of tenderness or susceptibility of emotion or passion; dullness; stupidity. Syn: Dullness; numbness; unfeelingness; stupidity; torpor; apathy; impassiveness; indifference.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Torpor, lethargy, dulness, want of sensibility. 2. Apathy, indifference, insusceptibility. 3. Dulness, stupidity. 4. Unconsciousness, suspension of consciousness, loss of sensibility, suspension of feeling.

Moby Thesaurus

abstraction, abulia, alienation, anxiety, anxiety equivalent, anxiety state, apathy, blindness, casualness, catatonic stupor, compulsion, crudity of intellect, deafness, dejection, depression, detachment, dim-sightedness, elation, emotionalism, euphoria, folie du doute, hypochondria, hysteria, hysterics, impassivity, imperceptiveness, impercipience, imprudence, inanimateness, inanimation, incognizance, incomprehension, indifference, indiscreetness, indiscretion, indiscriminateness, indiscrimination, inertness, insensibleness, insensitivity, insentience, lack of feeling, lack of refinement, lethargy, lifelessness, mania, melancholia, mental distress, mindlessness, nearsightedness, nonrealization, nonrecognition, nonunderstanding, oblivion, obliviousness, obsession, pathological indecisiveness, phlegm, preoccupation, promiscuity, promiscuousness, psychalgia, psychomotor disturbance, purblindness, senselessness, shortsightedness, stoicism, stolidity, stupor, syncretism, tactlessness, tic, twitching, unapprehendingness, unawareness, unconsciousness, uncriticalness, undiscerningness, undiscriminatingness, undiscriminativeness, unfastidiousness, unfeelingness, unmeticulousness, unmindfulness, unparticularness, unperceptiveness, unpreciseness, unresponsiveness, unselectiveness, untactfulness, unwittingness, withdrawal




 


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