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[nurv-lis] /ˈnɜrv lɪs/
without nervousness, as in emergencies; calm; collected.
lacking strength or vigor; feeble; weak.
lacking firmness or courage; spiritless; cowardly.
Anatomy, Botany. having no nerves.
Origin of nerveless
First recorded in 1725-35; nerve + -less
Related forms
nervelessly, adverb
nervelessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for nerveless
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  • To all outward seeming, nerveless, emotionless, an abject creature.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • His nerveless cowardice had all at once become unbelievable to himself.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Pachmann, white with pain, was nursing a numbed and nerveless hand.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • He took the ticket and the clipping from Pinny's nerveless fingers and compared them.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • The newspaper lay on the floor, where it had fallen from her white, nerveless fingers.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • The reaction from his long-sustained rage had left him dazed and nerveless.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • He dropped the nozzle from his nerveless hands—and such hands, too!

  • If we are idle and shiftless by choice, we shall be nerveless and powerless by necessity.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • The second glume is membranous, 1- to 5-nerved or nerveless.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
  • The third glume is hyaline, thin, oblong, obtuse and nerveless.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
British Dictionary definitions for nerveless


calm and collected
listless or feeble
Derived Forms
nervelessly, adverb
nervelessness, noun
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