gutlessness :

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  • n  the trait of lacking courage and determination; fearful of loss or injury

  • Then it was Tom, who twice got away but whose gutlessness drove him back finally to stay.
  • And in modern poetry, which has come far from Robbie Burns, gutlessness may be an advantage; in novels, however, it is still a defect.
  • Translation: With their characteristic caution, which often borders on gutlessness, the Saudis are waiting for others to do the work for them.

  • Christopher Hitchens in The Australian
    Australian Privacy Foundation chairman Roger Clarke who, as with Hitchens, has had it up to here with officialdom, says the issue is basically one of "gutlessness; we are quivering at the ludicrous".
  • Rob Hulls in The Age
    This is gutlessness in the extreme - previously inalienable rights now contingent on an individual's political palatability,Mr Hulls said. "Without an outcry from the Australian public, Ruddock will remain inert: blinking, toadlike, at the...

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