voice·​less | \ ˈvȯis-ləs How to pronounce voiceless (audio) \

Definition of voiceless

1 : having no voice : mute
2 : not voiced : surd a voiceless consonant

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Other Words from voiceless

voicelessly adverb
voicelessness noun

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Examples of voiceless in a Sentence

“S” is a voiceless consonant. believes that animals deserve basic rights even though they are voiceless
Recent Examples on the Web In this battle of the titans, people with mental illness are voiceless and their advocacy groups lack political and economic muscle. Allen Frances, STAT, 12 July 2021 There is real law reform needed, for even more voiceless individuals trapped in similar situations. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 25 June 2021 Degrading racist catcalls are often fueled by stereotypes in media depicting Asian women as exotic, hypersexualized, submissive, and voiceless individuals. Anna Kim, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 Them: the voiceless, hollow women, the images in magazines. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2021 One of those is Camilla, a mostly voiceless character whose role begins and ends as the girlfriend of a Muppet who cannot distinguish her from other chickens. Rebecca Caplan, Vulture, 26 Mar. 2021 Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American movie star, haunts these pages, attempting to give voice to often-voiceless women of color. Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 According to the researchers’ calculations, Neanderthals most likely would have been able to hear voiceless consonants that are produced without the vocal cords. New York Times, 1 Mar. 2021 My desire in such stories was to give a voice to voiceless populations, to bear witness to their pain. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of voiceless

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Voiceless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voiceless. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of voiceless

: not large or powerful enough to be noticed by the government, the media, etc.
: made without moving your vocal cords


voice·​less | \ ˈvȯis-ləs How to pronounce voiceless (audio) \

Kids Definition of voiceless

1 : having no voice
2 : spoken without vibration of the vocal cords the voiceless consonants \p\, \t\, and \th\


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