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

gut′less·ness n.
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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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