toothlessness

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Etymology[edit]

toothless +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

toothlessness (uncountable)

  1. The state or condition of being toothless; lack of teeth; edentulism.
  2. (figuratively) The state of being weak, of having no capability of enforcing something.
    She denounced the treaty's toothlessness in combatting climate change.

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