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nerveless

[nurv-lis]
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adjective
  1. without nervousness, as in emergencies; calm; collected.
  2. lacking strength or vigor; feeble; weak.
  3. lacking firmness or courage; spiritless; cowardly.
  4. Anatomy, Botany. having no nerves.

Origin of nerveless

First recorded in 1725–35; nerve + -less
Related formsnerve·less·ly, adverbnerve·less·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for nerveless

Historical Examples

  • 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 newspaper lay on the floor, where it had fallen from her white, nerveless fingers.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux


British Dictionary definitions for nerveless

nerveless

adjective
  1. calm and collected
  2. listless or feeble
Derived Formsnervelessly, adverbnervelessness, noun
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