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-less

an adjective suffix meaning “without” (childless; peerless ), and in adjectives derived from verbs, indicating failure or inability to perform or be performed (resistless; tireless ).

Origin:
Middle English -les, Old English -lēas, special use of lēas free from, without, false; cognate with Old Norse lauss, German los, loose

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suffix forming adjectives
1.  without; lacking: speechless
2.  not able to (do something) or not able to be (done, performed, etc): countless
 
[Old English -lās, from lēas lacking]

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the suffix meaning "lacking" is from O.E. -leas, from leas "free (from), devoid (of), false, feigned," from P.Gmc. *lausaz (cf. Du. -loos, Ger. -los "less," O.N. lauss "loose, free, vacant, dissolute," M.Du. los, Ger. los "loose, free," Goth. laus "empty, vain"). Related to loose and lease.
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