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[pash-uh n-lis] /ˈpæʃ ən lɪs/
not feeling or moved by passion; cold or unemotional; calm or detached.
Origin of passionless
First recorded in 1605-15; passion + -less
Related forms
passionlessly, adverb
passionlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Princess could not see their dull, passionless faces, and she was glad of it.

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • It was the cold, passionless voice of Ankarstrom that spoke.

  • In its passionless persistence there was something resembling sympathy.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • "It is your shot, sir," he said, in a voice as passionless as when I first heard it years before.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • "You will find that you cannot," the passionless creature returned, monotonously.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • He studied her body again, that passionless, preoccupied frown on his face.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • "I am certain," answered Jasper, in his even, passionless tone.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for passionless


empty of emotion or feeling: a passionless marriage
calm and detached; dispassionate
Derived Forms
passionlessly, adverb
passionlessness, noun
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