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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Still, the Voice served as an important platform for the otherwise voiceless left out of the mainstream discussion during both Stonewall and the paper’s 60-year run. Chad Painter, The Conversation, "How the New York media covered the Stonewall riots," 19 June 2019 Victims of crimes are invisible and voiceless, and the villain now is the criminal justice system. Heather Nolan, nola.com, "Could New Orleans end money bail? Advocates say tools are in place to do so," 19 June 2019 Since they’re voiceless, this is mostly done through guardians and representatives. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Birds to holy rivers: A list of everything India considers “legal persons”," 6 June 2019 And as the story was told and retold, Cinderella moved back and forth between being the active author of her own fate and a passive, voiceless doll. Constance Grady, Vox, "The slippery genius of the Cinderella story," 5 June 2019 The Canadians think that women here are oppressed and voiceless. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018 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

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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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