chiefless

chiefless

(ˈtʃiːfləs)
adj
having no ruler or leader
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No great clan held rule there; it was filled and disputed by small septs, and broken remnants, and what they call "chiefless folk," driven into the wild country about the springs of Forth and Teith by the advance of the Campbells.
Furthermore, their social organization is presented as a function of the meagerness of the land in which they live: chiefless, hostile tribes "separated from each other only by a deserted border or neutral territory....
In another version, his Court was one of failed conservative activism and one in which he failed to do enough to suppress vituperative, polarized division; his Court spoke with many voices but rarely was the voice that of Rehnquist; in short, the Court was "chiefless." In one version, O'Connor was the Court's most influential justice, the great centrist who provided the crucial fifth vote in many big cases; she was pro-business and pro-states' rights, thus appealing to the traditional wing of the Republican Party.
Many scholars before Maveety referred to the last eleven years of the Rehnquist Court [1994-2005] as "chiefless" but "juricentric," with O'Connor as its "Queen" (e.g., calling her "Queen Sandra" and "Queen of the Center").
The Dinka lacked any centralized institutions for making or enforcing law, and some anthropologists have maintained that they were an example of an 'acephalous' or chiefless society and that 'chiefs' were a colonial creation.
The Dinka lacked any centralized institutions for making or enforcing law, and some anthropologists have maintained that they were an example of an "acephalous" or chiefless society and that "chiefs" were a colonial creation.
In this article, I examine the origins of violent conflict between the historically non-centralized, or chiefless, Konkomba and their centralized neighbors.
Konkomba challenges to the British construction of Konkombas as chiefless and, therefore, politically illegitimate influenced dramatic social and political change.