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spineless

[spahyn-lis] /ˈspaɪn lɪs/
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
1820-1830
1820-30; spine + -less
Related forms
spinelessly, adverb
spinelessness, noun
Synonyms
4. weak, irresolute, indecisive.
Antonyms
4. strong, resolute.
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British Dictionary definitions for spineless

spineless

/ˈspaɪnlɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking a backbone; invertebrate
2.
having no spiny processes: spineless stems
3.
lacking strength of character, resolution, or courage
Derived Forms
spinelessly, adverb
spinelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spineless
adj.

1827, of animals, from spine + -less. Meaning "lacking moral force" is from 1885. Related: Spinelessly; spinelessness.

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