Definition of otiose in English:

otiose

adjective

  • 1Serving no practical purpose or result.

    ‘there were occasions when I felt my efforts were rather otiose’
    • ‘Further, since the class is capable of being defined by the weight of the vehicle and the number of axles, a classification by reference to the number of persons carried or particular ‘burden’ would be otiose.’
    • ‘I agree with her submission that his construction would render paragraph 3 in practice otiose.’
    • ‘In this case, moreover, the proposed form of the subsidy is entirely otiose.’
    • ‘Assuming that the transparency of the mind is not merely an otiose and decadent luxury, a device for self-absorbed wallowing, but that it has evolutionary value, knowledge of contents independent of attitudes is of no interest.’
    • ‘I make no comment: anything I say would be otiose in the face of a work of such unique genius.’
    • ‘If so, it would be otiose for the officer concerned to give an explanation.’
    • ‘Yama is a Vedic god, one of the most ancient; he has become otiose.’
    • ‘The great houses, for many of which a musical chapel establishment had become otiose, continued to support professional musicians for entertainment and for the teaching of their children and servants.’
    • ‘Since nearly everyone is dislocated, including writers within our current critical diaspora, the staking, lauding, and defense of territories, an otiose form of regionalism, is even more absurd.’
    • ‘Second, if this narrow interpretation is right, section 36 seems otiose.’
    • ‘Certainly any facility with writing seems to be considered otiose.’
    • ‘Let's remember, though, that he forced himself onto the podium and proceeded to galvanise the orchestra into a rehearsal of Mahler's 5th that rendered all thoughts of his weakness otiose.’
    • ‘He paid deference to the country's ceremonial presidency and even to its largely otiose Vice-Presidency; he never let the public forget that these notables outranked him in protocol terms.’
    • ‘Many philosophers, especially those of the analytic and postanalytic traditions, reject the assumptions required by these approaches as empirically baseless and theoretically otiose.’
    • ‘I think making a distinction between modern and pre-modern war is irrelevant and otiose here by the way.’
    • ‘The reference to ‘first’ payment is itself otiose if there was not to be a second payment.’
    • ‘But a funny thing happened this week: in our final fling for the year, the props came pouring in from all over, and suddenly, this whole enterprise doesn't seem quite so otiose.’
    • ‘But in the hospital case such a purpose is otiose.’
    • ‘My view of addiction is that once you have acknowledged it, once you have seen it within yourself, then such debates become otiose.’
    • ‘Probably he felt an attempt to demonstrate the scale of Flaubert's achievement would be otiose and would, in any case, take up too much space in a short essay devoted to another topic.’
    lax, negligent, neglectful, remiss, careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, lazy, inefficient, incompetent, inattentive, offhand, casual, disorderly, disorganized
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  • 2archaic Indolent or idle.

    lazy, indolent, slothful, work-shy, shiftless, loafing, inactive, inert, sluggish, lethargic, languorous, listless, torpid
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

otiose

/ˈəʊtɪəʊz//ˈəʊʃɪəʊs//ˈəʊʃɪəʊz//ˈəʊtɪəʊs/