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spine·less

 (spīn′lĭs)
adj.
1. Lacking courage or willpower.
2. Biology
a. Having no spines.
b. Lacking a spinal column; invertebrate.

spine′less·ly adv.
spine′less·ness n.

spineless

(ˈspaɪnlɪs)
adj
1. (Zoology) lacking a backbone; invertebrate
2. (Botany) having no spiny processes: spineless stems.
3. lacking strength of character, resolution, or courage
ˈspinelessly adv
ˈspinelessness n

spine•less

(ˈspaɪn lɪs)

adj.
1. having no backbone.
2. having no spines or quills.
3. having a weak spine; limp.
4. without resolution or courage.
[1820–30]
spine′less•ly, adv.
spine′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spineless - weak in willpower, courage or vitality
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
2.spineless - lacking a backbone or spinal column; "worms are an example of invertebrate animals"
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
3.spineless - lacking spiny processes; "spineless fins"
spinous, spiny - having spines; "the dorsal fin is spinous"
4.spineless - lacking thorns
unarmed - (used of plants or animals) lacking barbs or stings or thorns

spineless

adjective weak, soft, cowardly, ineffective, feeble, yellow (informal), inadequate, pathetic, submissive, squeamish, vacillating, boneless, gutless (informal), weak-willed, weak-kneed (informal), faint-hearted, irresolute, spiritless, chickenshit (U.S. slang), lily-livered, without a will of your own bureaucrats and spineless politicians
strong, brave, bold, courageous, gritty, strong-willed, ballsy (taboo slang)
Translations
ضَعيف الإرادَهلافقاري
bezobratlíbezpáteřní
holdningsløsvattet
hrygglauskjarklaus
bez chrbtice
omurgasızzayıf kişilikli

spineless

[ˈspaɪnlɪs] ADJ (fig) → débil

spineless

[ˈspaɪnləs] adj
(= weak) → faible
(lit) (= invertebrate) → invertébré(e)

spineless

adj
(Anat) → wirbellos; (fig) personohne Rückgrat; compromise, refusalfeige; don’t be so spinelessbeweisen Sie mal, dass Sie Rückgrat haben!
(Zool) → stachellos; (Bot) → dornenlos, stachellos

spineless

[ˈspaɪnlɪs] adj (fig) → smidollato/a; (animal) → invertebrato/a

spine

(spain) noun
1. the line of linked bones running down the back of humans and many animals; the backbone. She damaged her spine when she fell.
2. something like a backbone in shape or function. the spine of a book.
3. a thin, stiff, pointed part growing on an animal or a plant.
ˈspinal adjective
of or concerned with the backbone. a spinal injury.
ˈspineless adjective
1. of an animal, having no spine; invertebrate.
2. of a person, having a weak character; easily dominated.
ˈspiny adjective
full of, or covered with, spines. a spiny cactus.
spinal cord
a cord of nerve cells running up through the backbone.
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