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

Definition of lifeless

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

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 Hours later, Hamm, along with one of her sons, discovered Randisha's lifeless body in the foyer of their Georgia home. Tristan Balagtas,, 4 May 2022 Sick with Covid in the winter of 2020 as the coronavirus ravaged Tennessee, Randall Aikens appeared lifeless to his family. New York Times, 1 May 2022 Unlike previous fires in the grove — which weren’t fatal and thus provided the benefit of helping release sequoia seeds from cones and clearing the ground for seedlings — this one left many areas essentially lifeless. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2022 The episode ends with the nephews carrying Hector’s chair over to Varga’s lifeless body. Andy Meek, BGR, 28 Apr. 2022 The episode concluded with Hector repeatedly, if feebly, shooting his lifeless body. Dan Snierson,, 26 Apr. 2022 One of the men appears to take something from Frazier’s lifeless body before the group walks away. Henri Hollis, ajc, 21 Apr. 2022 According to the New York Post, investigators believe Gaal's lifeless body was then moved to the basement before it was fully removed from the area. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 19 Apr. 2022 When the Russian army withdrew last week after a monthlong occupation, her neighbors found Ms. Sukhenko’s lifeless body in a shallow grave, her hands bound. James Marson, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lifeless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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