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 Them: the voiceless, hollow women, the images in magazines. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Why We Mourn Girlhood," 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, "Muppets, Ranked," 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, "A reading guide on the Asian American experience from Viet Thanh Nguyen, Charles Yu and more," 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, "Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us," 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, "Searching for humanity," 23 Dec. 2020 Part of what distinguishes our current situation is that the institutions of state have not been entirely corrupted, and the people who have suffered grave injury have not been rendered entirely voiceless. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Why America Needs a Reckoning with the Trump Era," 10 Nov. 2020 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

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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 7 May. 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.
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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