lifeless

adjective
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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His body was cold and lifeless, and doctors tried to administer CPR for 43 minutes with no success. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Emotional True Story Behind Chrissy Metz's New Movie 'Breakthrough'," 15 Apr. 2019 Leslie Mann as Nicol and Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp Photo: Universal Pictures Yet the results are mind-numbingly immense, joylessly violent and utterly lifeless. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Welcome to Marwen’ Review: An Excess of Fantasy," 20 Dec. 2018 On arrival in Sesfontein, the closest settlement and air strip to Natural Selection’s Hoanib Valley Camp, the dry, lifeless heat smacks you in the face like an oven door opening. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 Many researchers have previously suggested that sufficiently large variations in the laws of physics would result in lifeless universes, so that only small differences in the fundamental constants would be permitted. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 There’s an icy blue arctic world and a nice, quiet lifeless planet with exceedingly low gravity. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: the final entry," 29 Aug. 2018 Beach hair is essentially the opposite of dull, lifeless hair. Adam Hurly, GQ, "How to Get Beach Hair If You're Not at the Beach," 19 June 2018 But the allure of departing a perennial contender in order to breathe life into a lifeless program proved too strong for the coach to ignore. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas introduces Floréal as track and field head coach.," 14 June 2018 Documents tell the story - written in tiny type and in the lifeless prose of lawyers - of Trump's flashy career in real estate. Anchorage Daily News, "As the 'king of debt,' Trump borrowed to build his empire. Then he began spending hundreds of millions in cash.," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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lifeless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lifeless

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

lifeless

adjective
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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