Definition of Otiose

1. Adjective. Serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being. "Senseless violence"

2. Adjective. Producing no result or effect. "An unavailing attempt"
Exact synonyms: Futile, Ineffectual, Unavailing
Similar to: Useless
Derivative terms: Futility, Ineffectuality, Ineffectualness

3. Adjective. Disinclined to work or exertion. "The unemployed are not necessarily work-shy"
Exact synonyms: Faineant, Indolent, Lazy, Slothful, Work-shy
Similar to: Idle
Derivative terms: Faineance, Indolence, Laziness, Laziness, Slothfulness

Definition of Otiose

1. a. Being at leisure or ease; unemployed; indolent; idle.

Definition of Otiose

1. Adjective. Resulting in no effect. ¹

2. Adjective. Reluctant to work or to exert oneself. ¹

3. Adjective. Having no reason for being (raison d’être); having no point, reason, or purpose. ¹

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Definition of Otiose

1. lazy [adj] : OTIOSELY [adv] - See also: lazy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Otiose

otic abscess
otic barotrauma
otic bone
otic capsule
otic ganglion
otic pits
otic placodes
otilonium bromide
otiose (current term)
otitic hydrocephalus
otitic meningitis
otitis desquamativa
otitis externa
otitis interna

Literary usage of Otiose

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1. English Prose (1137-1890) by John Matthews Manly (1909)
"not the correctness or purism of the mere scholar, but a security against the otiose, a jealous exclusion of what does not really tell towards the pursuit ..."

2. Prolegomena to Ethics by Thomas Hill Green (1899)
"If thinking about payment of the debt means merely an otiose contemplation ... At any rate the object thought of in such thinking, such otiose contemplation ..."

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