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[af-ekt-lis] /ˈæf ɛkt lɪs/
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
First recorded in 1965-70; affect1 + -less
Related forms
affectlessly, adverb
affectlessness, noun Unabridged
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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


  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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