spineless

[spahyn-lis]
adjective
1.
having no spines or quills.
2.
having no spine or backbone.
3.
having a weak spine; limp.
4.
without moral force, resolution, or courage; feeble: a spineless, lily-livered coward.

Origin:
1820–30; spine + -less

spinelessly, adverb
spinelessness, noun


4. weak, irresolute, indecisive.


4. strong, resolute.
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spineless (ˈspaɪnlɪs)
 
adj
1.  lacking a backbone; invertebrate
2.  having no spiny processes: spineless stems
3.  lacking strength of character, resolution, or courage
 
'spinelessly
 
adv
 
'spinelessness
 
n

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Example sentences
Forms huge rosettes of spineless, gray-green leaves.
Intellectual thugs you are, still lurking spineless in the darkness.
If you have a spineless administration that won't support you, you are in a
  tough spot.
All of you who are whining about this are truly spineless.
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