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[sees-lis] /ˈsis lɪs/
without stop or pause; unending; incessant.
1580-90; cease + -less
Related forms
ceaselessly, adverb
ceaselessness, noun
endless, continuous, constant, unceasing. Unabridged
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  • Others were on the move, specks of light streaming ceaselessly toward us as mesmerizing as a computer screen saver.
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  • The cotillion was detested and finally banned by the majority who wanted to dance ceaselessly throughout the evening.
  • She, for her part, has played the perfect candidate by sticking closely to her sound bites and smiling ceaselessly at the camera.
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  • People are ceaselessly judged and ranked, and they in turn ceaselessly judge and rank others.
  • Unions ceaselessly protest that large companies engage in unfair, illegal practices in this part of the organizing process.
  • Music lurches ceaselessly in wildly different directions.
  • Homeostasis depends on the body's ceaselessly carrying on many activities.
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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