Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or showing no emotion; unfeeling: "Mass-culture banality is killing our souls and making everybody affectless” ( New Yorker).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking or not showing emotion.

Etymologies

affect +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Strange ... during the McCain announcement, which I watched online, I was talking with a friend over the phone & mentioned that Palin's older daughters seemed kind of affectless and unhappy (or that was the vibe I got anyway).

    McCain Campaign: Palin's 17-Year-Old Daughter Is Pregnant

  • Writer-director Bruno Dumont's latest film is a typically flat, affectless work in which you spend much of the film puzzling out exactly who is who and what is going on.

    Michael Giltz: Cannes 2011 Day Six: Malick's Latest Opus, A Dour Dumont and Australia's Most Infamous Serial Killer

  • It may strike some as affectless, but anyone familiar with Marines will likely recognize in Bacon the almost exaggerated courtesy officers use when officially out in public.

    'Taking Chance' follows a fallen Marine's journey home

  • A chorus of similar young men and women narrate these overlapping stories, and all share an affectless monotone, whether they're describing having an affair with a teacher, like April in her self-titled story, or gang-raping a girl, like Roberto in "China town."

    Gaudy Grossness and Other Stories

  • Given that finally we don't know which person he really is, the original more affectless reaction seems the right one, but many readers might find this unregulated drift in our disposition toward the character unsettling.

    Experimental Fiction

  • At times he comes across as a lettered, affectless Jeremy Clarkson France's car dependency gives the lie to "that universally preached, seldom practised, utterly trite and entirely unrealistic doctrine of sustainability," says Meades, with as much feeling as if he were reading out a recipe for crêpes suzette.

    TV review: Jonathan Meades on France; Bouncers

  • The tender response of the generally affectless Oliver Ewan McGregor to his late father's grief-stricken pooch terrier in "Beginners" is more revealing than a Rorschach.

    Hollywood Is Going to the Dogs

  • In an ominous drumbeat of affectless and repetitive sentences You were not alone, poor, alcoholic, abandoned.

    Honoring a Love Lost to Tragedy

  • And a male photographer wants just about every female around — including the former star model ineptly played by an affectless Mischa Barton.

    CW's model series 'Beautiful Life' struts its vapid stuff

  • It is, however, unmistakable in the affectless but cumulatively affecting chunks of prose that serially approximate the aimless, one-thing-after-another succession of experiences that make up the narrator's life.

    Narrative Strategies

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  • "His prose style is disinvested in -- and as affectless as -- his protagonists." John Bailey on DeLillo's Falling Man

    July 7, 2007