bloodless

adjective
blood·less | \ˈbləd-ləs \

Definition of bloodless 

1 : deficient in or free from blood

2 : not accompanied by loss or shedding of blood a bloodless victory

3 : lacking in spirit or vitality

4 : lacking in human feeling bloodless statistics

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Other Words from bloodless

bloodlessly adverb
bloodlessness noun

Examples of bloodless in a Sentence

He fought his bloodless battles in the courtroom. They took control of the government in a bloodless coup. Her speeches are dull and bloodless. a bunch of bloodless numbers and statistics His face was bloodless with fear.
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Yet by then the head was bloodless in the dust, sightless, thoughtless, and beyond words. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "The Khan of Madiganistan keeps his head by severing another's," 7 June 2018 Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is riding high after his recent twin victories: the defeat of ISIS and the relatively bloodless recapture of oil-rich Kirkuk and other territories occupied by the Kurds. Bartle Bull And Douglas Ollivant, WSJ, "Will Iraq ‘Lean West’ or ‘Lean Iran’?," 10 May 2018 Previously, the military removed Sharif from office in 1999, when Gen. Pervez Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup. Munir Ahmed, Fox News, "Pakistan army to deploy 371,388 troops for July 25 elections," 10 July 2018 Previously, the military removed Sharif from office in 1999, when Gen. Pervez Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup. Washington Post, "Suicide bomber kills 12 in attack on Pakistan election rally," 10 July 2018 But the military ended Sharif's second stint in power in 1999 in a bloodless coup. NBC News, "Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison for corruption," 6 July 2018 The trajectory was bloodless; the ball spent most of its trip rolling lazily along the ground. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Physics of the One Goal You Won't See at the World Cup," 15 June 2018 But there is also something over-intellectualized and bloodless about this version. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Despite stellar performances, ‘The Seagull’ never quite takes flight," 14 June 2018 Already not quite a fan favorite after his bloodless takeover of the Sam Hinkie regime, Colangelo allowed too much insider info to be made public. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "There Was No Way Bryan Colangelo Could Remain Employed in Philadelphia," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of bloodless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bloodless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bloodless

: done without killing people

: lacking feeling or emotion

: pale in color

bloodless

adjective
blood·less | \ˈbləd-ləs \

Medical Definition of bloodless 

: free from or lacking blood a bloodless surgical field

Other Words from bloodless

bloodlessly adverb

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