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voiceless

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɔɪsləs
 
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Definition of voiceless in English:

adjective

1Not able to speak or express opinions: millions of Americans feel voiceless and powerless to bring positive change to the political system
More example sentences
  • He was born disabled and voiceless with a gaze permanently haunted by a look of terror.
  • An operation for goitre has left her voiceless.
  • Hardly any other Arab or Muslim characters appear, with the exception of extras playing voiceless villagers or servants.
1.1Not expressed: the air was charged with voiceless currents of thought
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  • Without asking, I understood the call she meant, the voiceless pull that kept drawing me to the water unafraid despite my father's fears.
2 Phonetics (Of a speech sound) uttered without resonance of the vocal cords (e.g. f, k, p, s, t).
Example sentences
  • Neither Mandarin Chinese nor Tibetan distinguishes phonologically between voiced and voiceless obstruent initials, unlike Dzongkha and, for example, English.
  • In English, /h/ is like a voiceless vowel in that there is no fricative-like narrowing in the mouth, so that the greatest point of narrowing is in the glottis.
  • More generally, voiceless obstruents are more frequent in onset position than voiced obstruents.

Derivatives

voicelessly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • And throughout all of this, Morgan, her Signature Officer, stood on the other side of the doorway, mouthing the phrase to her voicelessly over and over again.
  • Earning my wages equates to obeying voicelessly, orders and commands hurled at me by a whole range of big - bellied higher ups.

voicelessness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Often the breeding ground is that of exclusion, of oppression, of poverty - a sense of voicelessness in the councils of the world and hopelessness for the future, fanned and exploited by the wilful misuse of religious faith and fervour.
  • Like many foreign supporters of Cuban socialism who visit Cuba today, he recognizes the frustration that many Cubans feel over their voicelessness in a system that seems to respond to its people less and less.
  • Still, I was bothered by the voicelessness that I was experiencing.

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