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  • n. The characteristic of being mute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being mute; speechlessness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being mute; dumbness; forbearance from speaking, or inability to speak.

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

  • n. a refusal to speak when expected
  • n. the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak


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