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rootless

[ root-lis, root- ]
/ ˈrut lɪs, ˈrʊt- /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of rootless

First recorded in 1325–75, rootless is from the Middle English word rooteles.See root1, -less

OTHER WORDS FROM rootless

root·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rootless

rootless
/ (ˈruːtlɪs) /

adjective

having no roots, esp (of a person) having no ties with a particular place or community
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