Etymology
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muteness (n.)

"dumbness, forbearance from speaking or inability to speak," 1580s, from mute (adj.) + -ness.

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Definitions of muteness

muteness (n.)
the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak;
her muteness was a consequence of her deafness
Synonyms: mutism
muteness (n.)
a refusal to speak when expected;
Synonyms: silence
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