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[sees-lis] /ˈsis lɪs/
without stop or pause; unending; incessant.
Origin of ceaseless
First recorded in 1580-90; cease + -less
Related forms
ceaselessly, adverb
ceaselessness, noun
endless, continuous, constant, unceasing. Unabridged
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  • ceaselessly his thoughts revolved about the hopelessness of his situation.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • But he might have let it off now if his sister had not been ceaselessly beautiful.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Except for these strange outbreaks they kept silence, moving on ceaselessly.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • But, with his mind centered upon his work, Leroux wrote on ceaselessly.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • They had been ceaselessly at work all day, and the work had left its marks on them.

  • The rage and storm of unsatisfaction tormented him ceaselessly.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • She had ceaselessly struggled for him, and before him, with her grace, her beauty and elegance.

    Strong as Death Guy de Maupassant
British Dictionary definitions for ceaselessly


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



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

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