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voiceless

[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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British Dictionary definitions for voicelessly

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 voicelessly

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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