backboneless

adjective
back·​bone·​less

Definition of backboneless

1 : without backbone or a backbone
2 : spineless, pliant a backboneless submission to ill-treatment

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Other Words from backboneless

backbonelessness \ (ˈ)⸗ˈ⸗⸗nə̇s \ noun, plural -es

First Known Use of backboneless

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backboneless was in 1870

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“Backboneless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backboneless. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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