place·​less ˈplās-ləs How to pronounce placeless (audio)
: lacking a fixed location
: indistinguishable from other such places in appearance or character
a placeless parking complexT. J. Jablonsky
placelessly adverb
placelessness noun

Examples of placeless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The understanding of globalization as an evil force—placeless, technical, and without strong connections to the earth—could be easily grafted onto religious notions about sexuality, race, and patriarchal authority. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 There’s no room for humans in these pictures, but that’s essentially true of all the placeless places illustrated in this show. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023 His placelessness gave him the same advantageous allure of other placeless stars. New York Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Often in the white literary imagination, the Black-white mixed woman is placeless and without people. Brittany Luse, Vulture, 18 Oct. 2021 The reality is that such beans are sold into the anonymity of a commodity market designed to make uniform products for placeless destinations. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 According to The New York Daily News, the city is in the process of relocating other unhoused people, many with disabilities, from a Midtown shelter in order to make room for the newly placeless former residents of the Upper West Side. Apoorva Tadepalli, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2020 Hong Kong was always placeless, international, in flux, a portal to the world. Mary Hui, Quartz, 11 June 2020 Although his career-long north star has been pleasantly placeless pop, Timberlake is a Memphis native. Daniel D'addario, Time, 2 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of placeless was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Placeless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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