toothless

adjective
tooth·less | \ ˈtüth-ləs \

Definition of toothless 

1 : having no teeth

2a : lacking in sharpness or bite spoke in toothless generalities —Arthur Hepner

b : lacking in means of enforcement or coercion : ineffectual

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The toothless carp fish – which are plant eaters – voraciously feast on dead human skin. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Fish pedicure causes woman to lose her toenails, report says," 3 July 2018 Liverpool fans were impressed by Martial's performance away at Brighton as once again the Manchester club looked toothless, registering just three shots on target in the 90 minutes and losing 1-0 on the night. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Cry Out for Club to Sign Man Utd Star After Seeing Performance Against Brighton," 5 May 2018 This time, however, the special counsel’s indictment is somewhat toothless. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 The Supreme Court’s new test means surrendering its independent judgment in national-security cases If that’s true, the courts are toothless as a check on discrimination. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The travel ban decision echoes of some of the worst Supreme Court decisions in history," 26 June 2018 In truth, Poland have been toothless, and their talismanic striker has barely had a kick. SI.com, "Fans Unearth Hilarious Tweet That Robert Lewandowski Sent to James Rodriguez Before the World Cup," 25 June 2018 Oscar Tabarez's side missed plenty of opportunities to add further goals, but a toothless Saudi outfit never seriously looked like snatching a point. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Uruguay qualify for Round of 16 with victory over Saudi Arabia," 20 June 2018 The determination not to impose new sanctions on Russia or, under great pressure, to announce largely toothless penalties — despite the clear-cut evidence that Russia meddled in our election — has been a continual storyline of the Trump presidency. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "How the Trump family sold U.S. foreign policy to the highest bidder | Will Bunch," 20 May 2018 Despite support from civil rights and religious groups, Carter refused to provide an enforcement mechanism for the legislation, which passed, but in a gutted, toothless form, just like the earlier Employment Act. Peter-christian Aigner, The New Republic, "The Long, Tortured History of the Job Guarantee," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of toothless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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toothless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of toothless

: having or showing no teeth

: not effective or powerful

toothless

adjective
tooth·less | \ ˈtüth-ləs \

Medical Definition of toothless 

: having no teeth

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