- 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.
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’.
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