Definition of otiose in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈōdēˌōs/ Pronunciation: /ˈōSHēˌōs/


1Serving no practical purpose or result: he did fuss, uttering otiose explanations
More example sentences
  • But in the hospital case such a purpose is otiose.
  • I agree with her submission that his construction would render paragraph 3 in practice otiose.
  • If so, it would be otiose for the officer concerned to give an explanation.
1.1 archaic Indolent; idle.





Late 18th century: from Latin otiosus, from otium 'leisure'.

  • negotiate from early 17th century:

    The words negotiate and negotiations (Late Middle English) came into English from the Latin verb negotiari, which was made up of the two parts neg-, meaning ‘not’, and otium, ‘leisure’, the same image as business. Otium is also the root of the English word otiose (late 18th century), ‘serving no practical purpose, pointless’.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: o·ti·ose

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.