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[ vois-lis ]


  1. having no voice; mute.
  2. uttering no words; silent.
  3. having an unmusical voice.
  4. unspoken; unuttered:

    voiceless sympathy.

  5. having no vote or right of choice.
  6. Phonetics. (of a speech sound)
    1. without voice; unvoiced; surd; aphonic ( voiced ):

      “p,” “f,” and “s” are voiceless.

    2. uttered without phonation.


/ ˈvɔɪslɪs /


  1. without a voice; mute
  2. not articulated

    voiceless misery

  3. lacking a musical voice
  4. silent
  5. without the power or right to express an opinion
  6. phonetics articulated without accompanying vibration of the vocal cords

    in English (p) is a voiceless consonant

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Derived Forms

  • ˈvoicelessly, adverb
  • ˈvoicelessness, noun

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Other Words From

  • voiceless·ly adverb
  • voiceless·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of voiceless1

First recorded in 1525–35; voice + -less

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Example Sentences

Many of humanity’s most intractable problems are caused by keeping the Other voiceless.

I’m also able to open the door for the voiceless so that they can be seen and heard in the room.

If elected, I pledge to be a voice for the voiceless in Falls Church.

They do give a voice to the voiceless, but they can also lead to consequences that those who are challenging the system don’t intend.

From Vox

Still, the Voice served as an important platform for the otherwise voiceless left out of the mainstream discussion during both Stonewall and the paper’s 60-year run.

They were gathered there, Black said, to be a "voice for the voiceless."

He wanted to give a voice to the voiceless, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.

And overwhelmingly, the communities who suffer the most are those who are the most vulnerable and voiceless.

Human-rights movements have traditionally existed to help the voiceless and those without agency gain progressively more rights.

Is giving voice to the voiceless worth less than other work?

The trader seemed to be paralyzed, for he had remained voiceless during the stirring events.

It was these voiceless spectres of a voice long dead that stirred the transparent silence, intoning toneless tones.

The grass still made a carpet over its roots, inviting me to sprawl at full length and renew our voiceless communion.

When Bruce saw this damnable thing he understood, and he shook with horror and voiceless rage.

Hitherto they had been voiceless, wordless, needing all their breath for their hard-labouring efforts to break down the gates.