Definitions

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  • adj. Without a captain.

Etymologies

captain +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Meanwhile, captainless, Congress has degenerated into a rudderless mutiny of blamers and squabblers and accusers while the country has gone adrift in the deadly doldrums.

    Deanie Mills: The Difference Between A Functional Leader And A Fictional One

  • A burning brand, its captainless crew was desperately trying to tie off the radian draws before power to the crystals spilled her side - ways.

    Ilse Witch

  • Detachments of the two regiments mentioned—not the sailors—while wandering captainless in the neighbourhood, had indeed been surrounded by Cossacks and given up their arms; but it was not true that they had joined the Government troops.

    Chapter 6. The Committee for Salvation

  • The surviving Mexican rode to Showdown with Scar-Face and his companions, received his share of the sale in cash, -- which he squandered at The Spider's place, -- and straightway rode back across the border to rejoin his captainless comrades and appoint himself their leader, gently insinuating that he himself had shot the captain whom he had apprehended in the treachery of betraying them to a rival aggregation of ragged Liberties, Fraternities, and Equalities.

    The Ridin' Kid from Powder River

  • A day of fear, in which flash tracked flash: till at 11.30 P.M. the rumour pervaded the crowd round St. St.phen's that the new Ministry had suffered defeat: and the drifting ship was captainless.

    The Lord of the Sea

  • The captainless national and mercenary soldiers were become in large number thieves or beggars, and the peasant's hand sank back to the tame labour of the plough reluctantly.

    Gaston de Latour; an unfinished romance

  • To bring these hordes of outcast captainless soldiers under due captaincy?

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

  • The UN process for tackling global warming is now captainless as well as rudderless after climate chief Yvo de Boer suddenly announced his resignation two months after the ill-starred Copenhagen summit.

    Earth News, Earth Science, Energy Technology, Environment News

  • Shattered, captainless and they can't find voters.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • 'Is it not too much that a little prick like this should send my men captainless into battle, after all our marching and drilling?

    Micah Clarke His Statement as made to his three grandchildren Joseph, Gervas and Reuben During the Hard Winter of 1734

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