adjective Informal.
lacking courage, fortitude, or determination.

1600–10 for literal sense; gut + -less

gutlessness, noun Unabridged
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gutless (ˈɡʌtlɪs)
informal lacking courage or determination

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Example sentences
But don't despair, it won't as gutless as you might imagine.
Its a gutless move, if anyone feels that the embargo should end they should
  stand up and say it.
Their politicians have been gutless and populist to stay in power and
  vehemently defended a broken status quo.
But democracy almost guarantees gutless irresponsibility.
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