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Having or showing no emotion; unfeeling: "Her voice, ... low and affectless, yielded as little as possible" (Rebecca Goldstein).

af′fect′less·ness n.


a. showing no emotion or concern for others
b. not giving rise to any emotion or feeling: an affectless novel.
[C20: from affect1 (sense 4) + -less]


(ˈæf ɛkt lɪs)

indifferent to the suffering of others; unfeeling.
af′fect•less•ly, adv.
af′fect•less•ness, n.
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His determined, affectless approach yields ever-greater results.
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