Definition of insentient in English:


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  • Incapable of feeling or understanding things; inanimate.

    ‘it's arrogant to presume animals to be insentient’
    • ‘It is an umbrella term, applicable equally to concrete and abstract, immediate or remembered, sensory or conceptual, subjective or objective, sentient or insentient, organic or inorganic, and so on.’
    • ‘And not only are the men fond of it, even such insentient creatures as plants and trees have become infected and take delight in it.’
    • ‘Here, Feinberg denies that an insentient potential person has interests at all.’
    • ‘Thus, out of three qualities of Sat, Chit, and Ananda, Jiva or ordinary soul fails to manifest Ananda and both Ananda and Consciousness are hidden in jada or insentient beings.’
    • ‘Here, the profound inertia of self-duplicating and arbitrary sovereignty is revealed as absurd, unconnected repetition, the phonemes detonating like the ‘thumping’ of the insentient machine imagined by Rachel.’
    • ‘While Shiva is Knowledge-Existence-Bliss Absolute, the Shakti is the manifestation of the Principle at immanent plane as the reality of the whole universe, both sentient and insentient.’
    • ‘Everyone else was either insentient or had run away.’
    • ‘Over the three months, they learned not only the names, but also the faces and the characteristics of their sentient and insentient neighbors.’
    • ‘Anything else in the room remained stationary and insentient.’
    • ‘It states that the individual soul and insentient matter are distinct from Brahman, but Brahman is the basis of their existence and reality.’
    • ‘Cunningham paused, and turned to appraise Katalin, who was still lying insentient before the fire.’
    • ‘Kristin becomes insentient rather than sap her lover's creativity, thus upholding the conventions of the period.’
    • ‘It is not possible to reciprocate a purely passive or mechanical or insentient conglomeration of objects.’
    • ‘It is worth ending this small number of unethical killings in order to secure the right of women to rid their bodies of unnecessary and insentient clumps of flesh.’
    • ‘The animation of insentient or nonhuman entities produces an effect of cacophony and distraction.’
    • ‘Every being - sentient or insentient - has a role to play in this manifest universality of the Spirit.’
    • ‘The conclusion that we live in an unplanned, insentient universe became ineluctable.’
    • ‘Casually and almost unwillingly she knelt down beside Nitrus and Psyd, holding her hands above the insentient body.’
    • ‘The line should be drawn between sentient beings and insentient things.’
    • ‘Most of us assume we have moved beyond treating animals as insentient things.’
    inanimate, lifeless, inorganic, inert
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/inˈsenSH(ē)ənt/ /ɪnˈsɛnʃ(i)ənt/