life·​less | \ ˈlīf-ləs How to pronounce lifeless (audio) \

Definition of lifeless

: having no life:
a : dead
c : lacking qualities expressive of life and vigor : insipid
d : destitute of living beings

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Other Words from lifeless

lifelessly adverb
lifelessness noun

Examples of lifeless in a Sentence

a cold and lifeless landscape The book's plot was lifeless and predictable.
Recent Examples on the Web Notre Dame had another prove-it game at Michigan — until Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines looked lifeless in an embarrassing 35-14 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday. Los Angeles Times, "With Georgia’s win over Notre Dame, college football’s top tiers remain SEC-heavy," 22 Sep. 2019 Howe may be slightly worried by how lifeless his side looked in the second half as Leicester got a grip on proceedings., "Leicester 3-1 Bournemouth: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Foxes Ease to Impressive Win," 31 Aug. 2019 The bird looks lifeless as rescuers try to free him. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Heartbreaking bird video shows how pest traps harm Texas wildlife," 9 Aug. 2019 Joynal’s teenage son found his father’s lifeless body hanging from a tree. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 Rain finally came in mid-September, like a gardener watering lifeless plants. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Wyoming Reservation Shows the New Face of Drought," 6 June 2018 He and his 2-year-old sister had been alone in the apartment for hours after finding their mother lifeless on the bedroom floor. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Her Children Found Her Body. Now a Parolee Is Accused of Murder.," 25 Dec. 2019 At the end of the film, after the final battle against Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid) left Rey lifeless on the ground, Ben then holds her in his arms and appears to transfer his last remaining life essence to Rey to revive her. Nick Romano,, "Here's the deal with the new Force ability in The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian," 24 Dec. 2019 Paramedics found the latter victim lying nearly lifeless in the street and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced brain dead. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Man declared brain dead, another injured after shooting in southwest Houston," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Feb 2020

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“Lifeless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce lifeless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lifeless

: having no living things
: dead or appearing to be dead
: lacking spirit, interest, or energy


life·​less | \ ˈlīf-ləs How to pronounce lifeless (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifeless

1 : having no living things a lifeless planet
2 : dead or appearing to be dead
3 : lacking spirit, interest, or energy a lifeless house

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