Definition of nerveless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnərvləs/


1Inert; lacking vigor or feeling: the knife dropped from Grant’s nerveless fingers
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  • It is bad to drop the dumbbell from your sweaty nerveless fingers when you put it away.
  • ‘That is a picture of my wife, Vana, and our twin sons Rog and Hal taken just two days before they were murdered,’ he said quietly, taking the picture from her nerveless fingers.
  • The sword dropped from her nerveless fingers as she slumped forward, trying to stay conscious, using the last of her rapidly-fading strength to lift one hand to the hilt of the dagger at her belt, pulling it free.
1.1(Of literary or artistic style) diffuse or insipid: Wilde and his art are described as “nerveless and effeminate.”
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  • The sound is less spectacular: a nerveless mono mix.
2Confident; not nervous: with nerveless panache
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  • His prodigious memory, which gave him total recall of hundreds of games, allowed him to play like a computer with nerveless precision and speed, panicking his opponents into error and despair.
  • Big, strong and seemingly nerveless, he will frighten the life out of everyone when he grows up.
  • The hottest Thai export since their famed curries, he will be insistent on proving that he is no one-year fluke, that he is as nerveless as he is graceful.
3 Anatomy & Biology Lacking nerves or nervures.



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  • My fingers fall nervelessly from the keyboard.
  • He struck it nervelessly and that was it, Europe ended the day in control.
  • It seemed hardly the face of a man alive, with such a deathlike hue; it was hardly a man with life in him that tottered on his path so nervelessly, yet tottered, and did not fall!


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  • The Christian mind has succumbed to the secular drift with a degree of weakness and nervelessness unmatched in Christian history.
  • That this has so widely happened in our day is at least part of the reason for current cynicism and nervelessness in the effort to secure peace and justice in human relations.
  • She adored Louise, but somehow at this crisis she could not help feeling impatient with the other woman's nervelessness and that devastating inertia.

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Syllabification: nerve·less

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