Definitions

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  • adj. Without a grasp; relaxed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without a grasp; relaxed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incapable of grasping; relaxed; weak.

Etymologies

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grasp +‎ -less

Examples

  • We are held by the spectacle of the failing strength, the graspless memory, the dim discernment, the scanty breath; the brief flickering of the fading light; the expiration; the awful stillness.

    Brooks by the Traveller's Way

  • Though all else fell from him like dry sand from graspless fingers, yet if by

    The Scapegoat; a romance and a parable

  • A moment later it fell from his graspless fingers to the floor.

    The Manxman A Novel - 1895

  • He took the pen in his graspless hand, and essayed to write.

    The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance

  • Roma made a faint cry, and dropped the revolver out of her graspless hand.

    The Eternal City

  • Her face was worn and pale, her bonnet fallen back from her forehead, her head leaning against the trunk of the tree, one hand on her breast, the other straying aside on the drift of yellow leaves, where a little bundle covered by a red handkerchief had fallen from her graspless fingers, and the radiant morning sunlight over all.

    A Son of Hagar A Romance of Our Time

  • The first is the method of the universal barbarian mind, which paints the life to come as a shadowy reflex or copy of the present world and life, an unsubstantial, graspless, yet actual and conscious realm of ghosts, carrying on a pale and noiseless mimicry of their former adventures in the body.

    The Destiny of the Soul A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life

  • That 'graspless hand,' from which, as already in one of his early poems (November, 1794) he had complained --

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 2

  • 'Drop friendship's priceless pearls as hour-glass sands,' was made much _more_ graspless, and in this way the very graces of his moral nature ministered eventually the heaviest of his curses.

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 2

  • The layers of these characters are build and revealed and like the fine dust on a butterflys 'which enable flight to happen, it is the almost graspless aspect of this story that intrigues.

    California Literary Review

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