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[spot-lis] /ˈspɒt lɪs/
free from any spot, stain, etc.; immaculately clean:
a spotless kitchen.
irreproachable; pure; undefiled:
a spotless reputation.
Origin of spotless
1300-50; Middle English; see spot, -less
Related forms
spotlessly, adverb
spotlessness, noun
2. unblemished, flawless, untarnished, faultless. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spotless
  • Elsewhere, he sees tents and marquees using new textiles that stay equally spotless with no intervention from a human cleaner.
  • It remains nearly spotless, even after a full minute.
  • Not only is my apartment spotless and warmly decorated, my car and clothes are usually spotless.
  • Some jaguars are so dark they appear to be spotless, though their markings can be seen on closer inspection.
  • All in all, a poetic-if not spotless-retreat for the adventurous.
  • His clothes were spotless, his hands as soft as fine leather gloves.
  • The hospital was literally spotless and was extremely relaxing and quiet.
  • As reputation became more finely graded, the desire to defend spotless honor probably began to seem rather quaint.
  • Being on bed rest for a few months is sure to cure of the need the have everything spotless.
  • Until that thoughtless remark, that guy had a spotless record and was well respected by people on both sides of the line.
British Dictionary definitions for spotless


free from stains; immaculate
free from moral impurity; unsullied: a spotless character
Derived Forms
spotlessly, adverb
spotlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spotless

c.1300, spotlez; see spot (n.) + -less. Figurative sense is from 1570s. Related: Spotlessly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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