Definition of governless in US English:

governless

adjective

  • 1Lacking effective governance.

  • 2Uncontrolled or uncontrollable; unbridled; wild.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Montagu (bap. 1575, d. 1641), bishop of Norwich and religious controversialist. From govern + -less.

Pronunciation

governless

/ˈɡʌvnləs/