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[vois-lis] /ˈvɔɪs lɪs/
adjective
1.
having no voice; mute.
2.
uttering no words; silent.
3.
having an unmusical voice.
4.
unspoken; unuttered:
voiceless sympathy.
5.
having no vote or right of choice.
6.
Phonetics.
  1. without voice; unvoiced; surd; aphonic (contrasted with voiced):
    “p,” “f,” and “s” are voiceless.
  2. uttered without phonation.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; voice + -less
Related forms
voicelessly, adverb
voicelessness, noun
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Examples for voiceless
  • Thank-you for giving voice to the voiceless presence in the world for the overlooked and form to our hunger a deep bow to you sir.
  • If that were the case then they would no longer be voiceless.
  • Her mission, give voice to the voiceless, especially those displaced by the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the projects.
  • And knowing a voiced dental fricative from a voiceless aspirated alveolar stop is so basic.
  • There is an audience for your humor because you give a voice to the too-often voiceless.
  • There's a wildcat mounted in a tree, and below it three wolves chorusing their voiceless howls.
  • Half the population was chattel or other property: invisible, enveloped, and voiceless.
  • That's our responsibility: to become the voice of the voiceless.
  • It would help put gender violence on the global agenda, and it would give a bit of our voice to help the voiceless.
  • She made her voiceless state a decision, a matter of will, and not a disease or a mystery.
British Dictionary definitions for voiceless

voiceless

/ˈvɔɪslɪs/
adjective
1.
without a voice; mute
2.
not articulated voiceless misery
3.
lacking a musical voice
4.
silent
5.
without the power or right to express an opinion
6.
(phonetics) articulated without accompanying vibration of the vocal cords in English (p) is a voiceless consonant
Derived Forms
voicelessly, adverb
voicelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for voiceless
adj.

1530s, "unable to speak," from voice (n.) + -less. Meaning "having no say in affairs" is from 1630s; that of "unspoken, unuttered" is from 1816. In phonology, "unvoiced," from 1867. Related: Voicelessly; voicelessness.

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