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rootless

Line breaks: root|less
Pronunciation: /ˈruːtləs
 
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Definition of rootless in English:

adjective

1(Of a plant) not having roots: a rootless flowering plant
More example sentences
  • Plants exhibiting rootless corn symptoms have either lodged and are laying on the ground or are ready to lodge.
  • The horse started off again, slowly and with clomping steps that churned up loose stones and rootless weeds.
2Having no settled home or social or family ties: a rootless nomad
More example sentences
  • Nor did the majority of Harlem schoolchildren ever have time to accustom themselves to the regularity of school life; many families were rootless.
  • He was, in truth, a nomad, a rootless wanderer, trailing from one country to another and one place to another, varying longer stays with many restless shorter travels, living alone except when visiting or journeying with friends.
  • True, its residents were as rootless and as homeless as gypsies, only, unlike gypsies, they have stopped wandering.
Synonyms
homeless, without family ties, of no fixed abode, without a settled home, vagabond

Derivatives

rootlessness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Persecution, alienation, rootlessness, the seemingly endless capacity of humans for cruelty: these are Phillips's recurring themes, explored through a range of historical and contemporary events.
  • I think about her whenever I consider my own rootlessness and am graced by the memory of how quickly she sought land and soil to affirm her place in America.
  • He moved around a lot with his father's job, and a rootlessness developed that still remains.

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