toothless

adjective
tooth·​less | \ ˈtüth-ləs How to pronounce toothless (audio) \

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

Examples of toothless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without this power, the CPSC, for all its good intentions, is largely toothless. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Peloton won’t recall treadmill that killed a child. Why aren’t officials acting?," 21 Apr. 2021 Even the fear of relegation would be toothless because Super League money would keep an original team afloat. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: US owners find American-style greed doesn't play well in European soccer," 20 Apr. 2021 Republicans also attacked an effort to revamp the federal government's toothless elections cop. Brian Slodysko, ajc, "House prepares to pass landmark voting rights, ethics bill," 3 Mar. 2021 Republicans similarly attacked an effort to revamp the federal government's toothless elections cop. Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, "House prepares to pass landmark voting rights, ethics bill," 3 Mar. 2021 Telling beaked-whale species apart often comes down to the teeth, a task complicated by the fact that, for the most part, beaked whales are toothless. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "Beaked Whales Are the Animals We Need Right Now," 30 Mar. 2021 Lèse-majesté laws are on the books even in some of Europe’s more benign and toothless constitutional monarchies, but they are more brutally enforced by governments where the crown possesses real authority. Washington Post, "The royals who actually matter," 10 Mar. 2021 Yet initially the scheme will be all but toothless. Scott Carpenter, Forbes, "Toothless At First, China’s Carbon Market Could Be Fearsome," 2 Mar. 2021 It’s been seen as largely toothless and opaque via legislative requirements of confidentiality. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Ethics advocates happy Illinois Legislature’s reform attempt failed," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of toothless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Toothless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toothless. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce toothless (audio) \

Medical Definition of toothless

: having no teeth

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