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[sees-lis] /ˈsis lɪs/
without stop or pause; unending; incessant.
Origin of ceaseless
1580-90; cease + -less
Related forms
ceaselessly, adverb
ceaselessness, noun
endless, continuous, constant, unceasing. Unabridged
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  • “I have just come here to escape from the ceaseless rush of things,” said Power.

  • Five months of ceaseless interrogation and the inevitable negative.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • It is only the last minute or so that one has noticed it—a low, ceaseless pulsation.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
  • But with the cold blasts and ceaseless rain of winter all this is changed.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • A ceaseless yearning surges in my breast,— Which only life's great tumult now can quiet.

    Early Plays Henrik Ibsen
British Dictionary definitions for ceaseless


without stop or pause; incessant
Derived Forms
ceaselessly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ceaseless

1580s, from cease (n.) + -less. Related: Ceaselessly; ceaselessness.

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