spineless

(redirected from spinelessness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to spinelessness: rememberable, overhyped, scrutinised

spineless

1. lacking a backbone; invertebrate
2. having no spiny processes
References in periodicals archive ?
A more catastrophic form of the inconsistencies, contradictions, unscrupulousness and spinelessness in foreign policy and socio-economic fields are seen in the domestic political scene.
It is the weak nerve center of a flabby semistate, with almost defenseless frontiers, where humanitarian rhetoric masks spinelessness.
His analysis makes it clear that Canada did not lose this arbitration because it was a pawn in a political power game between the United States and Great Britain or because of the alleged spinelessness of Lord Alverstone as the British chair of the arbitration.
For their pains, both editors were accused of everything from spinelessness in the face of terrorism to (worse) obsolescence in the age of new media.
The French historian Jean Lacou-ture in Jesuits: A Multibiography, wrote, "Vatican II rescued it from its 19th-century spinelessness.
He condemns the SuperZip contingent for self-serving isolation, complacency, spinelessness, and an unwillingness to exert authority and uphold traditional standards.
He seems to commit his appalling crimes out of sheer spinelessness as much as greed, resorting quickly to drugging cups of tea as soon as his partner so much as questions him.
Having slogged through the book it will be crystal clear to the reader that (1) there is a great deal of wrongdoing; (2) the major players are repeat offenders and/or aiders and abettors; (3) the major banks, those considered too big to fail and too big to jail, and the major accounting firms are the worst of the worst; and (4) their misbehaviour is invariably accompanied by revelations of political spinelessness and regulatory indifference and incompetence.
42) The canine image is here clearly used as a metaphor for Horace's fortitude versus the spinelessness of the cowardly cur.
What does surprise, however, is the spinelessness of the UPA II ministers who tamely allowed their bureaucrats to manipulate them into a paralysis.
That the customer has failed to adequately specify their requirements because of ignorance, spinelessness or an assumption of supernatural intuitive powers on the part of the test services provider.
Riyadh's rejection of the UNSC seat is obviously motivated by its frustration and outrage over the utter spinelessness and spectacular failure of the world body in responding to the humanitarian catastrophe inflaming Syria.