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otiose

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊtɪəʊs
 
, ˈəʊʃɪ-, -z/

Definition of otiose in English:

adjective

1Serving no practical purpose or result: there were occasions when I felt my efforts were rather otiose
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.
2 archaic Indolent or idle.

Origin

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

More
  • 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’.

Derivatives

otiosely

1
adverb

Words that rhyme with otiose

grandiosereligiose

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