1) ADJ-GRADED A bloodless coup or victory is one in which nobody is killed.

Reports from the area indicate that it was a bloodless coup...

The campaign would be short and relatively bloodless.

Derived words:
bloodlessly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

This war had to be fought fast and relatively bloodlessly.

2) ADJ If you describe someone's face or skin as bloodless, you mean that it is very pale.

...her face grey and bloodless.


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