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[root-lis, roo t-] /ˈrut lɪs, ˈrʊt-/
having no roots.
having no basis of stability; unsteady:
a rootless feeling resulting from economic and social change.
having no place or position in society; not in accord with the environment:
the homeless, rootless wanderer.
Origin of rootless
1325-75; Middle English rooteles. See root1, -less
Related forms
rootlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rootless
  • The conventional view is that they are rootless and frustrated.
  • The global elite are a cosmopolitan bunch, yet they are far from rootless.
  • The market is famous for catering to the culinary cravings of homesick expatriates and rootless cosmopolitans.
  • His comprehensive outlook is something for which, in our fragmented and rootless modernity, many of us yearn.
  • It is usually found on the sides of rootless vents, such as hornitos and ruptured tumuli.
  • Hornitos, also known as rootless vents, are similar in appearance to spatter cones.
  • Algae:Simple rootless plants that grow in sunlit waters in proportion to the amount of available nutrients.
  • These small steep-sided cones are interpreted to be rootless vents that form on the surface of a flow or above a lava tube.
  • The incisor teeth were rootless and persistently growing.
British Dictionary definitions for rootless


having no roots, esp (of a person) having no ties with a particular place or community
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Word Origin and History for rootless

late 14c., from root (n.) + -less. Related: Rootlessly; rootlessness.

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