Definitions

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

  • adj. Having no voice; mute.
  • adj. Linguistics Uttered without vibration of the vocal cords, as the sounds (t) and (p).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking a voice, without vocal sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no voice, utterance, or vote; silent; mute; dumb.
  • adj. Not sounded with voice; ; surd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no voice, utterance, or vote; mute; dumb.
  • In phonetics, not voiced or sonant; surd.

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

  • adj. deprived of the rights of citizenship especially the right to vote
  • adj. produced without vibration of the vocal cords
  • adj. being without sound through injury or illness and thus incapable of all but whispered speech
  • adj. uttered without voice

Etymologies

voice +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Compassion for the voiceless is truly an admirable cause.

    All four ex-presidents to attend Kennedy funeral

  • Having a voice, after growing up voiceless is a real accomplishment and I feel good about where I am.

    A Conversation with Antwone Quenton Fisher

  • The first is called a voiceless stop, the second a voiced stop but the third a voiced aspirate stop.

    How to pronounce Proto-Indo-European stops

  • Giving a voice to the voiceless, that is what blogging can do.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • ACORN activists across the country say being the voice for the voiceless is the real story of their organization.

    Statesman - AP Sports

  • And in fact, for me, one of the most critical challenges on the trade score, Tumi, on debt relief, on all of it is that when Trevor Manuel and other African finance ministers call for a voicing of the voiceless -- in other words, give some representation to Africa and other developing countries in the World Bank and IMF, it's not just because they want to be there at the table; it's precisely because they want to have a say and a stake in determining the policies that are, after all, carved out to help Africans development.

    CNN Transcript Jun 122, 2005

  • -- A neckband translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals, allowing the first 'voiceless' phone call.

    Coffee Break: March 13

  • Here below, I'll use the dental stop series of *t, *d and *dh as examples of the general 3-way contrast of PIE stops between what is traditionally described as "voiceless", "voiced" and "voiced aspirated".

    Winter's Law in Balto-Slavic, "Hybrid Theory" and phonation - Part 2

  • Look back at the attitude that a sleek, overfed denizen of the Beltway expresses there towards people who were formerly "voiceless" and their "inexpensive and easily accessible soapboxes."

    Peace, order and good government, eh?: November 2007 Archives

  • Tech writing should be relatively "voiceless" large technical documents and libraries are often written by teams, it should clear and unambiguous, and it should present as few problems for translators as possible.

    languagehat.com: THE ORIGINAL ENGLISH MOVEMENT.

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