Definition of otiose in US English:



  • 1Serving no practical purpose or result.

    ‘he did fuss, uttering otiose explanations’
    • ‘In this case, moreover, the proposed form of the subsidy is entirely otiose.’
    • ‘If so, it would be otiose for the officer concerned to give an explanation.’
    • ‘Second, if this narrow interpretation is right, section 36 seems otiose.’
    • ‘Certainly any facility with writing seems to be considered otiose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many philosophers, especially those of the analytic and postanalytic traditions, reject the assumptions required by these approaches as empirically baseless and theoretically 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I make no comment: anything I say would be otiose in the face of a work of such unique genius.’
    • ‘I think making a distinction between modern and pre-modern war is irrelevant and otiose here by the way.’
    • ‘But in the hospital case such a purpose is otiose.’
    • ‘Yama is a Vedic god, one of the most ancient; he has become otiose.’
    • ‘I agree with her submission that his construction would render paragraph 3 in practice 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.’
    • ‘The reference to ‘first’ payment is itself otiose if there was not to be a second payment.’
    • ‘My view of addiction is that once you have acknowledged it, once you have seen it within yourself, then such debates become 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.’
    lax, negligent, neglectful, remiss, careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, lazy, inefficient, incompetent, inattentive, offhand, casual, disorderly, disorganized
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    1. 1.1archaic Indolent; idle.
      lazy, indolent, slothful, work-shy, shiftless, loafing, inactive, inert, sluggish, lethargic, languorous, listless, torpid
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Late 18th century: from Latin otiosus, from otium ‘leisure’.