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otiose adj
1 serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being; "otiose lines in a play"; "advice is wasted words" [syn: pointless, superfluous, wasted]
2 producing no result or effect; "a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt" [syn: futile, ineffectual, unavailing]
3 disinclined to work or exertion; "faineant kings under whose rule the country languished"; "an indolent hanger-on"; "too lazy to wash the dishes"; "shiftless idle youth"; "slothful employees"; "the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy" [syn: faineant, indolent, lazy, slothful, work-shy]

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From otiosus#Latin ‘idle’ < otium#Latin ‘ease’.


  • italbrac RP /ˈəʊ.ʃi.əʊs/ or , /"@U.SI.@Us/, /"@U.tI.@Us/
  • italbrac US /ˈoʊ.ʃi.oʊs/ or


  1. Resulting in no effect.
  2. Reluctant to work or to exert oneself.
  3. Having no reason for being (raison d’être); having no point, reason, or purpose.
    • 1895, Robert Louis Stevenson, Vailima Letters, ch 3
      ''On Friday morning, I had to be at my house affairs before seven; and they kept me in Apia till past ten, disputing, and consulting about brick and stone and native and hydraulic lime, and cement and sand, and all sorts of otiose details about the chimney – just what I fled from in my father’s office twenty years ago;''


resulting in no effect
reluctant to work
  • Dutch: lui
  • Polish: leniwy
  • Russian: ленивый, праздный
having no reason or purpose
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