- not endowed with life; having no life; inanimate: lifeless matter.
- destitute of living things: a lifeless planet.
- deprived of life; dead: a battlefield strewn with lifeless bodies.
- without animation, liveliness, or spirit; dull; colorless; torpid: a lifeless performance of a play.
- insensible, as a person who has fainted.
Origin of lifeless
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1. inorganic. 3. defunct. 4. inactive, inert, passive; sluggish; spiritless.
3. See dead.
1, 3. living. 4. lively.
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Examples from the Web for lifelessly
"I suppose so," Norma conceded, lifelessly, after a silence.The Beloved Woman
But he had not gone very far when he sagged against the pommel, lifelessly.'Drag' Harlan
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Cherry said lifelessly, looking up at her sister with dulled eyes.Sisters
After a time he said lifelessly, "Go on with the inventory, Paul."West Of The Sun
"Good-night, Luce," she said lifelessly as they reached the verandah.Poppy
- without life; inanimate; dead
- not sustaining living organisms
- having no vitality or animation
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Word Origin and History for lifelessly
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