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

Synonyms for voiceless


inarticulate, mute, speechless

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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

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There are a number of individuals that are voiceless and disenfranchised in the prison population. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: Resisting for all the wrong reasons," 3 Aug. 2018 My job is to give a voice to the voiceless, share stories about places and people others may never get to see or meet and hold people accountable for doing the wrong thing — which is pretty cool. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "Miami Herald journalist reports what she learned at career day," 29 May 2018 And that automatically renders the child totally voiceless. CBS News, "Illinois teen faces felony charge for recording conversation with school principals," 22 June 2018 The first is that the child herself, literally voiceless in the case of Moore’s photograph, ceases to be an individual, instead becoming a blank canvas upon which adults project their anxieties and fears. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "America’s “Poster Child” Syndrome," 20 June 2018 And White gave a loving shout-out to Holland for breaking through the traditional kitchen patriarchy — and tracing the culinary footsteps of thousands of voiceless black women chefs, cooks and food writers. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "MoAD’s Diaspora Dinner honors chef Tanya Holland," 15 June 2018 Oppressed and voiceless is exactly how Serena Joy feels. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018 To be zealous advocates for their children, who are often voiceless and lack the ability to recognize and decry abuse by authority figures. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Parents must be willing to crush athletic dreams to protect their kids," 28 Jan. 2018 There are hundreds of voiceless people who don't know how to fight this. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte wants to bulldoze man's bungalow. He said it's unfair - and is fighting back. | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of voiceless

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of voiceless

: not large or powerful enough to be noticed by the government, the media, etc.
technical, of a sound : 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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