[root-lis, roo t-]
- having no roots.
- having no basis of stability; unsteady: a rootless feeling resulting from economic and social change.
- having no place or position in society; not in accord with the environment: the homeless, rootless wanderer.
Origin of rootless
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Examples from the Web for rootless
She is rootless and stateless, having little in the way of rights or protection from exploitation.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
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They are living a rootless existence in 6th of October City, the satellite settlement now home to thousands of civil-war refugees.Desperate to Go to War, Syrians in Egypt Find an Ally to Help
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Without that rootless, worthless, devilish fancy, I might have been no worse than other people!Salted With Fire
Surface-work not being in vogue, nor rootless blossoms regarded.Man of Uz, and Other Poems
Lydia Howard Sigourney
In "Ceugant" there is only the Unknowable, the rootless Root.Reincarnation
In all cases the first upper incisors are large and rootless.
Such teeth are said to be rootless or to have persistent pulps.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
- having no roots, esp (of a person) having no ties with a particular place or community
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Word Origin and History for rootless
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