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1. Having no voice; mute.
2. Linguistics Uttered without vibration of the vocal cords, as the sounds (t) and (p).

voice′less·ly adv.
voice′less·ness n.
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Noun1.voicelessness - a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice
defect of speech, speech defect, speech disorder - a disorder of oral speech
2.voicelessness - speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cordsvoicelessness - speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
speaking, speech production - the utterance of intelligible speech
stage whisper - a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast
3.voicelessness - having no voice in the management or control of affairs; "the voicelessness of those who live in situations of hopelessness"
impotence, impotency, powerlessness - the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
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The Other is not an equal complement to the Self/Subject, but rather serves as a projection of everything the Self/Subject rejects, such as immanence, passivity, and voicelessness (De Beauvoir, 1949, 1).
In contrast to the talkativeness that marks her life in the neighborhood--where, as it appears throughout the tetralogy, she is admired for her judicious insights and well-spoken views--Elena's urban voicelessness becomes even more remarkable because it underscores her isolation in a place that is associated with familial continuities and informed by shared concerns.
Overall, patients articulated that "voicelessness influenced their critical care treatment and created feelings of regret and anxiety" (Finke et al., 2008; p.
Socio-cultural aspects of online activity and discursive formations online in relation to subjectivities that emerge online and in relation to such issues as voice and voicelessness still remain outside the scope of academic inquiry.
The first element is the voicelessness or political marginality of the community in question in relation to conventional institutional channels of democratic change.
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The whole gimmick regarding the voicelessness of the "subaltern" was, I felt, a cynical ploy so that critics could usurp a voice and make of it what they wished.