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English definition of “-less”

-less

suffix     /-ləs/ /-lɪs/
used to form adjectives meaning 'without (the thing mentioned )': meaningless friendless Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
(Definition of -less suffix from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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