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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 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.
And while the gutlessness of the Gunners was one contributory factor to the one-sidedness of the scoreline, this was the most resounding endorsement yet of the philosophy Roberto Martinez believes can see Everton crash through the glass ceiling his predecessor constantly cracked his head against.
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.
The elections which give them power have - through the gutlessness and collusion of governments - become as false as the polls to which the Arabs were forced to troop decade after decade to anoint their own national property owners.
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.