What does numbness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. numbnessnoun

    partial or total lack of sensation in a part of the body; a symptom of nerve damage or dysfunction

  2. apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessnessnoun

    the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally


  1. numbnessnoun

    Absent or reduced sensitivity to cutaneous stimulation.

  2. numbnessnoun

    Inability or reduced ability to experience emotion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Numbnessnoun

    Torpor; interruption of action or sensation; deadness; stupefaction.

    Etymology: from numb.

    Stir, nay, come away;
    Bequeath to death your numbness; for from him
    Dear life redeems you. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    ’Till length of years
    And sedentary numbness craze my limbs
    To a contemptible old age obscure. John Milton, Agon.

    Cold numbness strait bereaves
    Her corps of sense, and th’ air her soul receives. John Denham.

    Silence is worse than the fiercest and loudest accusations; since it may proceed from a kind of numbness or stupidity of conscience, and an absolute dominion obtained by sin over the soul, so that it shall not so much as dare to complain, or make a stir. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. numbness

    Numbness is a lack or reduction of sensation in a particular part of the body, often resulting from damage, inflammation, or compression of nerves. It can be temporary or permanent, and is often associated with tingling or pins-and-needles sensations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Numbnessnoun

    the condition of being numb; that state of a living body in which it loses, wholly or in part, the power of feeling or motion

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of numbness in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of numbness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of numbness in a Sentence

  1. Valerie Amos:

    The government, armed and terrorist groups, continue to kill, maim, rape, torture and take Syria to new lows that seemed unimaginable a few years ago, we need the numbness to the senseless violence and the apparent apathy to end.

  2. Vanna Bonta:

    The primary dues a writer or any artist pays is to remain sentient, and to forfeit the illusionary luxury of such anesthetics as avoidance, numbness, and denials.

  3. Harper Lee:

    I can't say that( my reaction) was one of surprise. It was one of sheer numbness. It was like being hit over the head and knocked cold.

  4. Jeff Melvoin:

    First I thought it was numbness, shock. The inability to believe that a just God could allow someone to destroy a gold mine of prehistoric knowledge for a year's worth of Salisbury steak...Life is a mystery. One man's life- altering experience is another man's tenderloin.

  5. Sorel Vorster:

    Most common symptoms are headaches in the back of the head or upper part of the neck, and more serious symptoms are things like numbness or tingling around the face or tongue, weakness in arms or legs, difficulty swallowing, poor balance, difficulty walking and cognitive complaints like episodes of forgetfulness or episodes of unusual behavior.

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