life·​less | \ ˈlīf-ləs \

Definition of lifeless

: having no life:
a : dead
b : inanimate
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.

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As Blue lies lifeless, a duplicate — Blue's ghost! — rises from behind and floats toward heaven before a blue dove pulls it back and reconnects the two, body and spirit. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Watch glowing 'AGT' duo explode into colorful sparks in tonight's audition," 19 June 2018 Newcomers like a Local Leaf or Tender Greens sprung to life completely lifeless: same muted colors, white walls, and requisite shrubbery. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Moral Fiber: The Healthier-Than-Thou Design Philosophy That Took Over Your Favorite Salad Chain," 13 Apr. 2018 Pope rushed into Garrett’s bedroom and saw her 11-year-old boy lifeless, on his knees. Melissa Chan, Time, "Kids Are Playing the 'Choking Game' to Get High. Instead, They're Dying," 12 Mar. 2018 Britain’s housing market is poised for a lifeless 2018, weighed down by political and economic uncertainty, tax changes, stretched affordability and the Bank of England’s rate hike in November., "Britain’s Big Estate Agents Are Under Threat," 14 Feb. 2018 But those expecting a bleak moonscape, barren and lifeless, won’t find it here. Jim Ryan,, "First look at PCT after Columbia gorge fire shows scorched landscape, signs of life," 6 Feb. 2018 Deputies found the 5-year-old boy’s body Monday night, resting lifeless on the side of a road in Hammond, Louisiana. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Driver struck a 5-year-old — then checked car for damage and drove off, La. cops say | Miami Herald," 8 May 2018 Not long after her lifeless, naked body was found hanging from the second-floor balcony of her boyfriend’s Coronado mansion, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department concluded that Zahau — whose hands were tied behind her back — committed suicide. Chris Harris,, "Police Maintain Calif. Woman Killed Herself — Even as Jury Finds Her Boyfriend's Brother Liable," 5 Apr. 2018 Then, there was a crash, and shellshocked family members saw her lifeless in a pool of blood. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "‘I just saw blood and the little girl’: 2-year-old at Payless killed by falling mirror," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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