Definitions

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

  • adj. Lacking strong emotion or feeling: a rather passionless plea for clemency.
  • adj. Unbiased or impartial; detached: a newspaper's passionless account of a sensational trial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking in passion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Void of passion; without anger or emotion; not easily excited; calm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Void of passion; not easily excited to anger; of a calm temper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not passionate
  • adj. unmoved by feeling

Etymologies

passion +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the onset, we see her engaging in passionless, cocaine-fueled sex with an undesirable partner, dismissing the affections of a desirable one, and managing depression by slamming her hand in a dresser drawer.

    Overlooked Movie Monday: Winter Passing » Scene-Stealers

  • Lyric courtesy of Nobody can doubt the sincerity of his words, or his outrage at the murders, but the deep monotone he used rendered his word passionless and perfunctory.

    Telegraph Blogs

  • This is shown through flashbacks and although there are plenty of fire fighting scenes I found it strangely passionless, which is how Tom felt also.

    A Love Letter to Firemen

  • Recalling the passionless eyes, Palin dis­carded that notion.

    Dragons Of Summer Flame

  • Since they are called the passionless (nirgu. na) worshippers of the passionless K. rish.na, therefore, in consequence of that, all their acts are also (called) passionless (nirgu. na).

    The Siksha-Patri of the Swami-Narayana Sect

  • As the Duke of Devonshire Fiennes is deadly dull and passionless, which is the point of the character and why Georgiana had to find her amusement in other areas.

    EclipseMagazine

  • It's important that you don't underestimate the work you do, despite how "passionless" it can feel at times.

    Christine Hassler: How Do I Find My Passion?

  • This view either assumes that those actions attract a woman on a sexual level which they do not, and cannot, because they operate on a material/platonic level, or that women only possess a kind of passionless, platonic love.

    Continuing the debate over sexual attraction, gender roles and power

  • And how could that be passionless which is composed of elements and is resolved again into them?

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

  • So their passion for each other fails to resonate, and feels distinctly "passionless".

    Screenhead

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