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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.
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Noun1.spinelessness - the quality of lacking a strong character; an irresolute disposition
meekness, subduedness - a disposition to be patient and long suffering
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had touched on the reasons for this spinelessness in his very first speech in Parliament in May, 2014.
Her presence lingered on the stage of the Fox Theatre -- so much that former vice-president Joe Biden was asked to respond to her declaration the night before that "spinelessness" would not solve the nation's big problems.
"I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for," said Warren, a Massachusetts senator, decrying Democratic "spinelessness."
But it's not simply spinelessness that's seen Tory MPs kowtow to their new king.
High Courts in many states have shown spinelessness in such matters, and in some, as once Orissa used to be, the courts are handicapped by the absence of the judge or the agitation of the Bar.
While the Prime Minister and his team have long suggested that taking U-turns is a hallmark of great leadership, apparently demonstrating a capacity to change course as and when circumstances evolve, it increasingly seems that the government's flexibility is derived from its complete and utter spinelessness.
When the spinelessness of the established order becomes synonymous with patriotism, God help us all!
So now someone will call Harris out again, he'll pass it to someone else and the vicious circle of spinelessness will continue.
In a craven show of spinelessness, Malacantildeang even thanked China for putting up the alleged rescue center whose obvious use is, aside from looking after its People's Liberation Army personnel in the vicinity, to dramatize Chinese physical presence in contested areas.
Tony rightly condemns the spinelessness of Labour councillors up and down the country who are rubberstamping Tory Government cuts, and inflicting council tax rises on working-class people who can least afford them.
Selflessness is not synonymous with spinelessness. As a matter of fact, many selfless leaders are quite steely and make tough demands on their subordinates.