masterless

adjective

mas·​ter·​less
1
a
: lacking a master
a masterless horse
b
archaic : being without a master or other reputable means of livelihood : vagabond, vagrant
provided harsh punishments for sturdy vagabonds and masterless men
2
obsolete : ungoverned, ungovernable
masterlessness noun
plural -es

Word History

Etymology

Middle English maisterles, from maister master + -les -less

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“Masterless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masterless. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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