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adj. Slang
1. Lacking courage or drive.
2. Lacking substance; weak or insignificant.

gut′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gutlessness - the trait of lacking courage and determination; fearful of loss or injury
fearfulness - the trait of being afraid
gutsiness, pluck, pluckiness - the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury


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In a sign of what is to come, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon this week accused Labour of "feebleness", adding that "any gutlessness in response to Russian aggression would certainly be welcome in Moscow".
His demeanour as a knight of the realm degrades a system that already looks very tired; due in part to the gutlessness of the Honours Forfeiture Committee.
In many cases, businesses themselves, through management prejudice or gutlessness, create a wholly unnecessary and offensive divide by telling gun-owning consumers their money is welcome but their freedom is not.
All of this nonsense that the Democratic National Committee affiliates are promoting is typical of the sheer gutlessness of that benighted party.
He hasn't made active decisions about what path he would like his relationships to take - rather he has just ended up where his gutlessness has taken him.
The Benghazi affair has revealed gutlessness and ignorance.
Its action is emboldened by the weakness of its neighbours, the unhindered backing of its friends, and the gutlessness of its critics.
There is no other way to explain the discrepancy between the gutsiness in Catalonia and the gutlessness in West Bromwich.
9 seconds is more a trot it comes without the clatter of hooves from an utterly sweet diesel engine, a 75bhp turbo unit which has none of the bottom end gutlessness that spoils so many small diesels.
The most shameful aspect of the film is its gutlessness.
The answer is as disappointing as it is complex--disappointing because it suggests that Madison's system of setting "ambition against ambition" isn't working, and complex because the answer involves an interplay of timorous politics and flaccid law that together generate mutually-reinforcing congressional passivity and judicial gutlessness.
I have not seen quite such an example of gutlessness in my political career.