• (noun): The condition of being voiceless

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  • (noun): having no voice in the management or control of affairs; "the voicelessness of those who live in situations of hopelessness"
  • (noun): speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
  • (noun): a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice

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In linguistics, voicelessness is the property of sounds being pronounced without the larynx vibrating. Phonologically, it is a type of phonation, which contrasts with other states of the larynx, but some object that the word phonation implies voicing and that voicelessness is the lack of phonation.
The International Phonetic Alphabet has distinct letters for many voiceless and modally voiced pairs of consonants (the obstruents), such as [p b], [t d], [k ɡ], [q ɢ], [f v], and [s z]. Also, there are diacritics for voicelessness, U+0325  ̥ COMBINING RING BELOW and U+030A  ̊ COMBINING RING ABOVE, which is used for letters with a descender. Diacritics are typically used with letters for prototypically voiced sounds, such as vowels and sonorant consonants: [ḁ], [l̥], [ŋ̊].

Example Sentences

  • For some reason, I feel as if my voicelessness is a bit of a gift right now.

  • I am feeling that way about this stupid cold and its attendant voicelessness and phlegmishness and the way it ate this week's steady time and so on.

  • She was dealing with ever-worsening arthritis and a generalised feeling of invisibility and voicelessness.

  • This doesn't lessen the feelings of powerlessness and voicelessness one whit, however.

  • Nothing would have happened if my son had not reacted against voicelessness and a lack of respect.

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