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affectless

[af-ekt-lis] /ˈæf ɛkt lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking feeling or emotion; indifferent to the suffering of others:
an affectless, futuristic drama in which the human characters are virtually robots.
Origin of affectless
1965-1970
First recorded in 1965-70; affect1 + -less
Related forms
affectlessly, adverb
affectlessness, noun
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  • At such times she showed an affectless, impulsive excitement.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • On another occasion, when asked where she was, she said: "I am at the ball—I am going to Heaven—don't shoot me" (affectless).

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
British Dictionary definitions for affectless

affectless

/əˈfɛktlɪs/
adjective
1.
  1. showing no emotion or concern for others
  2. not giving rise to any emotion or feeling: an affectless novel
Word Origin
C20: from affect1 (sense 4) + -less
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