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[feer-lis] /ˈfɪər lɪs/
without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.
Origin of fearless
1350-1400; Middle English fereles. See fear, -less
Related forms
fearlessly, adverb
fearlessness, noun
cowardly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was fine to see the fearlessness of her perfect innocence.

    Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • His own fearlessness was of the rarest, in that it was both physical and moral.

  • His fearlessness in the search for truth made him frequently touch on subjects on which his own mind was not fully made up.

    General Gordon Seton Churchill
  • She paused, and then, with the fearlessness of innocence, descended and unbarred the door.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Her fearlessness no doubt affected the conspirators, though quite unconsciously.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
Word Origin and History for fearlessness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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