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lifeless

[lahyf-lis]
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  1. not endowed with life; having no life; inanimate: lifeless matter.
  2. destitute of living things: a lifeless planet.
  3. deprived of life; dead: a battlefield strewn with lifeless bodies.
  4. without animation, liveliness, or spirit; dull; colorless; torpid: a lifeless performance of a play.
  5. insensible, as a person who has fainted.
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Origin of lifeless

before 1000; Middle English lifles, Old English līflēas. See life, -less
Related formslife·less·ly, adverblife·less·ness, noun

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3. See dead.

Antonyms for lifeless

1, 3. living. 4. lively.
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Related Words for lifeless

barren, bare, inert, uninhabited, comatose, stiff, lackluster, passive, listless, static, drab, sluggish, lethargic, asleep, brute, cold, dead, deceased, defunct, departed

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British Dictionary definitions for lifeless

lifeless

adjective
  1. without life; inanimate; dead
  2. not sustaining living organisms
  3. having no vitality or animation
  4. unconscious
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Derived Formslifelessly, adverblifelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lifeless

adj.

Old English lifleas "inanimate, dead;" see life + -less. Meaning "with no living things" is from 1728. Related: Lifelessly; lifelessness.

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