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

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 Lonnie Bunch: The protest is always the way those who are voiceless speak. CBS News, "Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch: "This is a moment that really needs to be a tipping point"," 1 June 2020 Without question, many once-voiceless people now honor the name Tresa Baldas for her incredible, tireless work telling the stories of rape victims who had been silenced by the beneficiaries of a massively profitable industry. Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Free Press newsroom brings home state awards, reporter Tresa Baldas wins Journalist of the Year," 14 Mar. 2020 Letting the invisible be seen, and the voiceless be heard The power of documentaries to shake public opinion in modern China has been shown more than once. The Economist, "Chaguan China stifles documentary-makers, but their art still shines," 8 Apr. 2020 Business-savvy psychopaths, the couple has no intention of paying the workers, choosing to murder them — voiceless and disposable in their eyes — with impunity. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Nothing special as horror, ‘Beneath Us’ raises relevant points for immigrant rights," 5 Mar. 2020 To be a voice for the voiceless and advocate on their behalf is a really important thing for me. Washington Post, "Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt’s book tackles forgiveness," 11 Mar. 2020 Even in a voiceless chatbot, a user may attribute male or female gender based on these conversational features. Sharone Horowit-hendler, Wired, "Conversational AI Can Propel Social Stereotypes," 14 Jan. 2020 Cannon imagines himself voiceless and on the sidelines of an art form that nonetheless maps and defines his emotional world). Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "This Native American artist should have been a household name. But he died at 31.," 21 Aug. 2019 Mr Subay says his figure is meant to stand for an entire country—vulnerable, voiceless—that no one seems to care about. C.a.r., The Economist, "The street artist capturing the impact of the war in Yemen," 19 Aug. 2019

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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 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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