Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking a proper place
  • adj. Lacking places for people, things, etc.; lacking a geographic orientation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no place or office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no place or office.

Etymologies

place +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Substitute "debt" and you can see that, in the way we talk about it, debt is the same kind of placeless place.

    Debtor's Prism

  • Global Capital relies on 'placeless' tools like the internet, but the physical infrastructure those tools require are still place-bound. his is why no Mega-coprs are based in Topeka: no information infrastucture.

    padraig Diary Entry

  • Current educational reforms are "placeless": to compete in global economy, they seek to standardize the experience of students from diverse places, and so dismiss the idea of place as a primary experiential / educational context.

    Serendip's Exchange -

  • By sticking their hands in the dirt, eating what they or a neighbor planted, they are turning a network of ignorance -- the anonymous, placeless food of industrial agriculture, with all its invisible polluting side-effects -- into a circuit of knowledge: here I planted it, here it grew, and here it will turn back into soil when it's done.

    Jedediah Purdy: Environmental Imagination: The Food Movement and Climate Change

  • The view from the top is epistemologically crippling, and reduces its subjects to the illusions of a host of fragmented subjectivities, to the poverty of the individual experience of isolated nomads … This placeless individuality, this structural idealism which affords us the luxury of the Sartrean blink, offers a welcome escape from the ‘nightmare of history,’ but at the same time it condemns our culture to psychologism and the ‘projections’ of private subjectivity.

    Matthew Yglesias » Time to Play This Video Again I Guess

  • It's a poem to sweeten and sharpen our sorrow for two great makers, now "gone from these parts" but placeless, and timeless, in their bright plumage and full-voiced song.

    Poem of the week: A Trace of Wings by Edwin Morgan

  • Continuous vaudeville, paceless and placeless, kept "uniform time."

    The Tyranny of the Clock

  • Unlike Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Brown, Blair saw himself as classless and placeless, at ease in Thatcher's world.

    Blair's job was done by 1997: to numb Labour, and to enshrine Thatcherism

  • But, for believers, it matters not a jot that no one has yet located the walnut-sized tardis in the brain where the soul resides, because for them, an intrinsic part of the self is always located in the unspecific au-délà, the placeless beyond, being held or held over by forces beyond comprehension.

    Dead Right « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Schlegel's monadic model of the poetic fragment, and the unmarked "placeless places" of modern nightlife, showing how poetry finds in the monad an evocative figure for its own project of externalizing interiority.

    Rei Terada

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