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[sees-lis] /ˈsis lɪs/
without stop or pause; unending; incessant.
Origin of ceaseless
1580-90; cease + -less
Related forms
ceaselessly, adverb
ceaselessness, noun
endless, continuous, constant, unceasing. Unabridged
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  • How can these priests and their assistants maintain sufficient interest to keep up this terrible din so ceaselessly?

    The Pearl of India Maturin M. Ballou
  • ceaselessly his thoughts revolved about the hopelessness of his situation.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • Along these central gutters are turned streams of ceaselessly flowing water, keeping the city constantly clean.

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
  • Except for these strange outbreaks they kept silence, moving on ceaselessly.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • I looked towards the hill-top, whence the roar of musketry was ceaselessly proceeding.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria Winston Spencer Churchill
  • The rage and storm of unsatisfaction tormented him ceaselessly.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Then he pondered over all the causes that vaguely, but ceaselessly urged their separation.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for ceaselessly


without stop or pause; incessant
Derived Forms
ceaselessly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ceaselessly



1580s, from cease (n.) + -less. Related: Ceaselessly; ceaselessness.

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