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

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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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The thing is, Jacob never actually saw his brother's lifeless body. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "First trailer for Jacob’s Ladder reboot looks as spooky as the 1990 original," 2 July 2019 My lifeless body was drug down concrete stairs to an underground wastewater area. Fox News, "Bodies of Maryland couple found dead in Dominican Republic returned to US," 12 June 2019 The bruises on her legs and buttocks were the first things officers noticed about the lifeless child, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "DeKalb DA drops charges against man in death of girlfriend’s baby," 28 June 2018 Again, the emergency was a lifeless child, a 6-month-old boy. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "Officials thought the three babies died of SIDS. Three decades later, police dug deeper.," 26 Feb. 2018 Jenkins, 30, was covered with blood and straddling her lifeless body. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "She hit record before falling seven stories to her death. The chilling footage led to her husband’s arrest.," 5 June 2019 Upon touch, the leaves of this perennial plant species close, appearing lifeless. Raquel Reichard, Teen Vogue, "Art Collective Colectivo Moriviví is Painting Political Murals Throughout Puerto Rico," 4 Jan. 2019 The pup appeared lifeless when rescued Thursday evening from a burning Weston home, fire officials said. Tonya Alanez,, "Pup back from the dead after Weston fire," 23 Mar. 2018 The entire area has a distinctly murky look to it, while a small body of water known as Three Mile Creek has trash on it banks and appears lifeless. Christopher Harress,, "Amid slave ship discovery, Africatown still in pollution fight," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lifeless was before the 12th century

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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 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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