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spine·less

 (spīn′lĭs)
adj.
1. Lacking courage or willpower.
2. Biology
a. Having no spines.
b. Lacking a spinal column; invertebrate.

spine′less·ly adv.
spine′less·ness n.

spineless

(ˈspaɪnlɪs)
adj
1. (Zoology) lacking a backbone; invertebrate
2. (Botany) having no spiny processes: spineless stems.
3. lacking strength of character, resolution, or courage
ˈspinelessly adv
ˈspinelessness n

spine•less

(ˈspaɪn lɪs)

adj.
1. having no backbone.
2. having no spines or quills.
3. having a weak spine; limp.
4. without resolution or courage.
[1820–30]
spine′less•ly, adv.
spine′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spineless - weak in willpower, courage or vitality
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
2.spineless - lacking a backbone or spinal column; "worms are an example of invertebrate animals"
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
3.spineless - lacking spiny processes; "spineless fins"
spinous, spiny - having spines; "the dorsal fin is spinous"
4.spineless - lacking thorns
unarmed - (used of plants or animals) lacking barbs or stings or thorns

spineless

adjective weak, soft, cowardly, ineffective, feeble, yellow (informal), inadequate, pathetic, submissive, squeamish, vacillating, boneless, gutless (informal), weak-willed, weak-kneed (informal), faint-hearted, irresolute, spiritless, chickenshit (U.S. slang), lily-livered, without a will of your own bureaucrats and spineless politicians
strong, brave, bold, courageous, gritty, strong-willed, ballsy (taboo slang)
Translations
ضَعيف الإرادَهلافقاري
bezobratlíbezpáteřní
holdningsløsvattet
hrygglauskjarklaus
bez chrbtice
omurgasızzayıf kişilikli

spineless

[ˈspaɪnlɪs] ADJ (fig) → débil

spineless

[ˈspaɪnləs] adj
(= weak) → faible
(lit) (= invertebrate) → invertébré(e)

spineless

adj
(Anat) → wirbellos; (fig) personohne Rückgrat; compromise, refusalfeige; don’t be so spinelessbeweisen Sie mal, dass Sie Rückgrat haben!
(Zool) → stachellos; (Bot) → dornenlos, stachellos

spineless

[ˈspaɪnlɪs] adj (fig) → smidollato/a; (animal) → invertebrato/a

spine

(spain) noun
1. the line of linked bones running down the back of humans and many animals; the backbone. She damaged her spine when she fell.
2. something like a backbone in shape or function. the spine of a book.
3. a thin, stiff, pointed part growing on an animal or a plant.
ˈspinal adjective
of or concerned with the backbone. a spinal injury.
ˈspineless adjective
1. of an animal, having no spine; invertebrate.
2. of a person, having a weak character; easily dominated.
ˈspiny adjective
full of, or covered with, spines. a spiny cactus.
spinal cord
a cord of nerve cells running up through the backbone.
References in classic literature ?
Jane Clayton was of sterner stuff than that which bends in spineless terror before danger.
Having supported Cardiff for more than 30 years, I have never witnessed such a gutless and spineless display in all my years.
Remember when Bill Clinton was, according to the pundits and the news media at large, a bumbling rube, a spineless, clueless, left-wing twit, the dumbest stump ever to inhabit the White House?
One can only conclude that our leaders are craven, sniveling, spineless cowards unable to hold to a policy initiative for more than a couple of days.
U-turns on the 10p tax and car tax show a spineless government who made poor decisions then fold when they are challenged.
It seems unlikely he'll achieve his ambitions in Britain any day soon but with the connivance of spineless prison authorities, he may well convert Belmarsh.
I have voted BNP for the last couple of years because I am sick to the back teeth of our spineless Government not doing enough to tackle disrespect, law and order on our streets and in schools, also to take a tougher stand on immigrants flooding into our country when we don't have a system in place to handle it all.
The spineless City Council, with the exception of Dennis Zine and Greig Smith, voted to give the mother $1.
As for his pathetic attempts to make his secretary take the rap (she's saying she mistakenly submitted an article Kilroy had written a year ago - as if that makes a difference), it shows what a spineless, gutless weasel he really is.
In my view it was quite heartless for Karen to be dismissed at Christmas and quite spineless of the manager to do so without any written notification,'' said Mr Edwards.
To tease out the details of the transition, other researchers recently turned to lancelets, vertebrates' closest spineless relatives.
This spineless Government is apparently more interested in pandering to the selfish whining of the petrolhead lobby, than in reducing the daily carnage on our roads.