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motionless

[moh-shuh n-lis] /ˈmoʊ ʃən lɪs/
adjective
1.
without motion:
a motionless statue.
Origin of motionless
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; motion + -less
Related forms
motionlessly, adverb
motionlessness, noun
Synonyms
still, stationary, unmoving, inert, stable, fixed, quiescent, quiet.
Antonyms
active.
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  • Finally his limbs straightened, and became perfectly rigid and motionless.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It was motionless as marble; but never had she seen anything so beautiful, and so unearthly.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • She sat a long time silent, motionless, her eyes fixed ahead.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She was silent and motionless for another five minutes, thinking intently.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • There was no mistaking that awful, motionless, crumpled posture.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for motionless

motionless

/ˈməʊʃənlɪs/
adjective
1.
not moving; absolutely still
Derived Forms
motionlessly, adverb
motionlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for motionless
adj.

1590s, from motion (n.) + -less. Related: Motionlessly; motionlessness.

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