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will-less

[wil-lis] /ˈwɪl lɪs/
adjective
1.
having or exerting no will:
a timid, will-less little man.
2.
done or occurring without the will; involuntary:
a will-less compliance.
3.
leaving no will; intestate:
to die will-less.
Origin of will-less
1740-1750
First recorded in 1740-50
Related forms
will-lessly, adverb
will-lessness, noun
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  • She was all dark, will-less, having only the receptive will.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • He was passive, indifferent, will-less, and her gaze charmed him more and more.

    The Witch of Prague F. Marion Crawford
  • The season seemed to stand on the edge of a precipice, will-less, like a sleep-walker.

    The Lake George Moore
  • We're no good here, you and I—we were cast out at birth—soft, will-less—better dead.

    The First and The Last John Galsworthy
  • Whatever called Kaydessa into such mindless and will-less answer did not touch the animals.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • Beatrice, however, with the placid navet of her will-less temperament, flies to Filippo.

    Modernities

    Horace Barnett Samuel
  • She had sunk into a will-less invalid, and made admiration of her husband into pride and a religion.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • The resistance met on account of currents and waves may be very great, but it is still that of a will-less and passive object.

    Pedagogics as a System Karl Rosenkranz
  • Was it desire, or a will-less drifting with a new current that the new vision brought?

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Horrible—this will-less, nerveless feeling, this paralysis, as if he were a puppet moved by a cruel hand.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy

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