Definitions

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

  • adj. Owning or having no land.

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  • adj. Not owning land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no property in land.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destitute of land; having no property in land.

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

  • adj. owning no land

Etymologies

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land +‎ -less

Examples

  • Mugabe promised land to the 'landless' - and proceeded the parcel the land out to his senior loyalists - and even in some cases, the 'new' landowners have evicted the people living on that land.

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  • Fifteen years ago, he survived one of the deadliest land conflicts in Brazil, when police killed 10 of the so-called landless activists in an encampment on land they had occupied.

    The Seattle Times

  • If they were somehow to make common cause with other restive rural-born Chinese, such as landless farmers or migrant workers, they'd be extremely hard to suppress.

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  • "It is more about the handing over of commercial agricultural land to the 'landless' and not about creating opportunities for emerging farmers as we are meant to believe."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • His remarks came days before the deadline set by him for the conclusion of his so-called "revolutionary land reform programme" and the distribution of thousands of white-owned farms among allegedly "landless" Zimbabweans.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • (I knew of no one in my school or among my friends and relations whose family had experienced the slightest problem during the entire famine; it was not a famine that afflicted even the lower middle classes - only people much further down the economic ladder, such as landless rural labourers.)

    Amartya Sen - Autobiography

  • The concept behind Crop Mob is that "landless" people still take interest in food production and enjoy an occasional bit of manual labor.

    CNN.com

  • In 1970s Brazil, the Roman Catholic Church ran a few Pastoral Commissions - organisations designed to offer support and spiritual guidance to marginalised groups such as landless peasants, prison inmates and migrant workers.

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  • Truth be told we live in 'day to day' kind of landless consumer serfdom I'd really like see abolished.

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  • The British gave state lands, allocated for the "Jewish National Home," to those "landless"

    Israelated - English Israel blogs

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