Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being landless.

Etymologies

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landless +‎ -ness

Examples

  • That must be done without altering the ethnic balance on the ground and without exacerbating landlessness, which is already one of the main sources of tension.

    Balakrishnan Rajagopal: Securing Peace and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

  • What we've discovered while trying to tackle some of the world's most challenging problems --polio, HIV, malaria, landlessness, generational poverty, malnutrition - is that poverty, sickness, and frustration abroad affects us at home.

    Tim Hanstad: Washington State's Most Important Export: Hope

  • Government of India statistics show that rural landlessness is the best predictor of poverty in India, an even better predictor than illiteracy or low caste.

    Tim Hanstad: Bridging the Two Indias

  • On a larger systemic level, landlessness and weak land rights are major complaints of the Maoist rebels who have fomented violence across much of the Indian countryside.

    Tim Hanstad: Bridging the Two Indias

  • This settlement is a swindle, the settlement calls for 2.4 billion for "land consolidation" it will result in landlessness of the average tribal member.

    Melinda Gopher: America Needs Another Fair Housing Summit to Abolish Financial Apartheid

  • Why children work: Jeremy Seabrook visits young garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh and finds clear links between growing landlessness, the collapse of ...

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Poor face economic 'calamity'

  • Globalization has increasingly integrated Asian countries into the global market and intensified landlessness among Asian peasants.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Inadequate social services, landlessness, small farm size and inadequate off-farm income opportunities are the main causes of rural poverty.

    Water profile of Egypt

  • Furthermore, the interaction of these state-transcending factors with local social conditions-particularly Khmer cultural features, nationalism/racism, peasant culture, and economic byproducts of globalization such as an urban-rural split and growing landlessness-shaped the individuals who formed the Khmer Rouge as well as the circumstances that enabled them to seize power.

    Cambodia: Revisiting the Killing Fields

  • In this regard, how do we address the landlessness of the Africans?

    The National Question

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  • shorelessness; sealessness;

    April 27, 2011

  • I first read this word in Moby Dick and fell in love with it. it's got alliteration with the l's. -less and -ness rhyme, but have opposing meanings. it's the perfect little package.

    Plus, the context of the word in chapter 23 of Moby Dick was pretty powerful:

    "But as in landlessness alone resides the highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God -- so, better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety!"

    April 27, 2011