Definition of spineless in English:


Line breaks: spine|less
Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪnləs


  • 1Having no spine or backbone; invertebrate.
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    • It remains a lifeless and spineless human creation.
    • The lowly Zayante band-winged grasshopper is now listed, along with the Ohlone tiger beetle and 184 other spineless creatures.
    • To tease out the details of the transition, other researchers recently turned to lancelets, vertebrates' closest spineless relatives.
  • 3(Of an animal or plant) lacking spines: spineless forms of prickly pear have been selected
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    • Rauwerdink later merged the two species into M. sagu, based on the fact that seeds from spineless palms can produce spiny seedlings.
    • In addition, it is an attractive and spineless cactus, which increases its potential as an ornamental plant; therefore, collection may become a problem in the future.
    • Coral are tiny spineless animals essential in building reefs, one of the planet's oldest and most complex ecosystems.



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  • They accuse Schröder of spinelessly orienting policy according to headlines in the tabloid-style Bild, Germany's most widely read newspaper.
  • He was famous for his shouting matches, but also for standing up to the House Un-American Activities Committee when most producers spinelessly caved in.
  • She couldn't believe she had behaved so spinelessly.


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  • Fischer's obsequiousness is not simply, or even primarily, a reflection of his subjective cowardice and political spinelessness.
  • The supposed spinelessness and ineptitude of politicians is often one of the few things about which military officers can agree.
  • It went to the bunker, ranting about a conspiracy by animal rights fanatics and admonishing the biologists for spinelessness.

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