Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without a leader (either a person in authority or a beginning piece to form a starter)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. lacking a leader.

Etymologies

leader +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They say focusing on them, as Sylvester and Evans have, is a distraction, as is highlighting the inevitable differences of opinion in what they call a "leaderless movement."

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Mr. Al Aswany is one of the few prominent faces of Egypt's so-called leaderless revolution, a Vaclav Havel for this Arab Spring.

    The Face of Egypt's Uprising

  • It devolved from the strategy called leaderless resistance that was invented by a leader of the Aryan Nations named Louis Beam.

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2009

  • It evolved from the strategy called leaderless resistance that was invented by a leader of the Aryan Nations named Louis Beam.

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2009

  • It was sort of followed the model used here in the United States and domestic terrorism called leaderless resistance, where small cells would spontaneously erupt and take on their own agendas.

    CNN Transcript Mar 9, 2003

  • And I think one thing -- there is a phenomenal called leaderless resistance, which the right-wing militia movement in this country developed.

    CNN Transcript Oct 13, 2002

  • Communities have sometimes been referred to as leaderless groups.

    THE DIFFERENT DRUM

  • At all costs, this has to be prevented, he wrote on yellow pad paper in pen, referring to the leaderless, consensus approach of the Occupy Wall Street protest.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • They were described as a leaderless, anarchic group of "hacktivists" who briefly brought down MasterCard, Visa and PayPal after those companies cut off financial services to

    The Guardian World News

  • Anarchists believe in leaderless groups, and if this phrase is familiar to you it is because of the paradox that what was known as the leaderless group technique was adopted in the British and American armies during the war - as a means of selecting leaders.

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