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half-hearted Line breaks: half-hearted
Pronunciation: /ˌhɑːfˈhɑːtɪd/

Definition of half-hearted in English:


Without enthusiasm or energy: a half-hearted attempt
More example sentences
  • ‘The Benton bout was a half-hearted attempt on my part to go out on a high,’ he says.
  • Complaints to the ministry have only resulted in half-hearted attempts to solve the problem.
  • A half-hearted attempt has been made to plant saplings along the road dividers.
unenthusiastic, lukewarm, cool, apathetic, perfunctory, cursory, superficial, desultory, feeble, faint, weak, tepid;
indifferent, unconcerned, listless, lacklustre, dispassionate, uninterested, unemotional, languid, passive
rare Laodicean


Example sentences
  • And if a country does embark on war, timidity and half-heartedness and second-guessing are always the source of more death and misery than decisiveness and ruthlessness and forcing things to a conclusion.
  • He blamed the failures of the ‘yes’ campaign on the half-heartedness of France's leaders.
  • In neglecting small things, the King exposed half-heartedness, in neglecting small things it resulted in lost opportunity.
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