1. the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak

her muteness was a consequence of her deafness

Syn: ↑mutism
Derivationally related forms: ↑mute
Hypernyms: ↑condition, ↑status
Hyponyms: ↑deaf-mutism, ↑deaf-muteness
2. a refusal to speak when expected

his silence about my contribution was surprising

Syn: ↑silence
Derivationally related forms: ↑silent (for: ↑silence), ↑silence (for: ↑silence), ↑mute
Hypernyms: ↑uncommunicativeness

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