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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Chelsea looked drab, lifeless and uninspiring at times last season, and were crying out for Loftus-Cheek (and a number of their countless other loanees) to return and add some energy to the side., "Why Chelsea's Plan to Loan Out England Star Ruben Loftus-Cheek Proves How Out of Touch the Board Are," 5 July 2018 Willa, according to the Chronicle, remembers seeing her mother, Robin, lifeless and her father, Josh, trying to speak before both succumbed to their injuries at only 40 and 41, respectively. Caitlin Keating,, "Brothers Paralyzed in Crash That Killed Parents Help Win Wheelchair Basketball Championship," 14 May 2018 On the other hand, Antonio Conte's team was as lifeless and prideless as a great team can possibily be. Juan Pimiento,, "Barcelona's perfect run ends, Liverpool finish top four and the best of the soccer weekend," 13 May 2018 They were facedown in the jungle, lifeless and still in chains. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Marxist Rebels Killed Journalists and Driver, Ecuador’s President Says," 13 Apr. 2018 As for fears that terrestrial organisms could interfere with life that may exist elsewhere, most proponents of directed panspermia agree that missions should be limited to lifeless worlds. The Economist, "Colonising the galaxy is hard. Why not send bacteria instead?," 12 Apr. 2018 Later, videos shared by activists appeared to show families, lifeless and piled on top of each other on the floor of their home with white foam creeping from their mouths. Rebecca Collard / Beirut, Time, "Trump Warns Missiles 'Will Be Coming' in Syria. It's Not Clear What That Will Achieve," 11 Apr. 2018 Usually, turkey burger recipes result in something so lifeless and tasteless that drowning one in ketchup (that most perfect and delicious of condiments) doesn’t help much. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "This Is The Turkey Burger Recipe You've Been Waiting For," 20 Feb. 2018 Sara Manitoski, who was on an outdoor education trip on Hornby Island, near Vancouver Island, was found lifeless in bed in March 2017. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Teen who died on overnight school trip contracted toxic shock syndrome," 28 June 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 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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