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 for lifelessly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lifeless \Life"less\, a.
     Destitute of life, or deprived of life; not containing, or
     inhabited by, living beings or vegetation; dead, or
     apparently dead; spiritless; powerless; dull; as, a lifeless
     carcass; lifeless matter; a lifeless desert; a lifeless wine;
     a lifeless story. -- Life"less*ly, adv. --
     Life"less*ness, n.
     Syn: Dead; soulless; inanimate; torpid; inert; inactive;
          dull; heavy; unanimated; spiritless; frigid; pointless;
          vapid; flat; tasteless.
     Usage: Lifeless, Dull, Inanimate, Dead. In a moral
            sense, lifeless denotes a lack of vital energy;
            inanimate, a lack of expression as to any feeling that
            may be possessed; dull implies a torpor of soul which
            checks all mental activity; dead supposes a
            destitution of feeling. A person is said to be
            lifeless who has lost the spirits which he once had;
            he is said to be inanimate when he is naturally
            wanting in spirits; one is dull from an original
            deficiency of mental power; he who is dead to moral
            sentiment is wholly bereft of the highest attribute of
            his nature.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: without animation or vitality; "lifelessly he performed
             the song"
      2: in a lifeless manner; "the girl lay in her arms lifelessly"
      3: as if dead [syn: deadly, lifelessly]

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