lacking cleverness or thought
- perhaps not mindful or conscious
- perhaps not marked by the use of explanation
- lacking the thinking capability characteristic of a conscious being
- calling for little mental energy
- perhaps not indued with head or intellectual powers stupid unthinking
- maybe not indued with mind or intellectual powers; stupid; unthinking.
- Unmindful; inattentive; heedless; reckless.
c.1400, "unmindful, heedless, negligent," from brain (n.) + -less. Associated: Mindlessly; mindlessness. Old English had myndleas "foolish, mindless."
(a.) Perhaps not indued with head or intellectual abilities; stupid; unthinking.
- (a.) Unmindful; inattentive; heedless; reckless.
We learn in them how Caliban (democracy), the mindless brute, educated to his own responsibility, makes after all an adequate ruler; how Prospero (the aristocratic principle, or, if we will, the mind) accepts his dethronement for the sake of greater liberty in the intellectual world, since Caliban proves an effective policeman, and leaves his superiors a free hand in the laboratory; how Ariel (the religious principle) acquires a firmer hold on life, and no longer gives up the ghost at the faintest hint of change.