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1. Having no life; inanimate.
2. Having lost life; dead. See Synonyms at dead.
3. Not inhabited by living beings or capable of sustaining life: a lifeless planet.
4. Lacking vitality or animation; dull: a lifeless party.

life′less·ly adv.
life′less·ness n.
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Adv.1.lifelessly - without animation or vitality; "lifelessly he performed the song"
2.lifelessly - in a lifeless manner; "the girl lay in her arms lifelessly"
3.lifelessly - as if dead
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advleblos; (fig)teilnahmslos
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Having lifted her head and let her arms droop lifelessly, as ballet dancers do, Natasha, rising energetically from her heels to her toes, stepped to the middle of the room and stood still.
He stood on the carpet in the middle of the room, clutching his hat and stick in one hand; the other hung lifelessly by his side.
Her hands were lying lifelessly, palms upwards, on her lap.
"But as for you, ye carrion rogues," turning to the three men in the rigging --"for you, I mean to mince ye up for the try-pots;" and, seizing a rope, he applied it with all his might to the backs of the two traitors, till they yelled no more, but lifelessly hung their heads sideways, as the two crucified thieves are drawn.
But the flame didn't even tremble, it stood lifelessly, stiff as a dart.
Leonie felt this jersey-style dress hung lifelessly on her.
Her frazzled ponytails fall lifelessly down her shoulders as she finally rises.
The book does little to capture the drama and significance of the grass roots activism that put civil rights on the national agenda in the first place; civil rights leaders and tactics are lifelessly mentioned but not described or assigned much significance.
10) had such finished and polished surface textures, this should not be construed as meaning that they were lifelessly austere.
For a major vulgarisation on an important subject, it is rather lifelessly written, but Richards has an economical way of surveying vast amounts of evidence which makes it an easy and rewarding read.
His cutlass and gun which had given him fame are now useless and he leaves Umuofia earth to hang lifelessly from a tree.
He's just one of a dozen stock types whom Langston Hughes (who was quietly gay himself) may have lovingly portrayed in prose but the musical's creators render lifelessly. It's painful to watch a bunch of potentially dynamic performers hobbled by a mediocre script and poor direction.