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[feer-lis] /ˈfɪər lɪs/
without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.
Origin of fearless
First recorded in 1350-1400, fearless is from the Middle English word fereles. See fear, -less
Related forms
fearlessly, adverb
fearlessness, noun
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See brave. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She advanced, I cannot say fearless, but therefore only the more brave.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • So fearless were they, that they made nothing of creeping in among the folds of his garments.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • She noted his fearless poise, and she saw the gallant spirit in his eye.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Only her eyes were unchanged, the laughing, fearless eyes of old.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Quinn was fearless, daring, indefatigable; but Quinn was not Ferry.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
Word Origin and History for fearless

early 15c., from fear (n.) + -less. Related: Fearlessly; fearlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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