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otiose

[oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee-] /ˈoʊ ʃiˌoʊs, ˈoʊ ti-/
adjective
1.
being at leisure; idle; indolent.
2.
ineffective or futile.
3.
superfluous or useless.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Latin ōtiōsus at leisure, equivalent to ōti(um) leisure + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
otiosely, adverb
otiosity
[oh-shee-os-i-tee, oh-tee-] /ˌoʊ ʃiˈɒs ɪ ti, ˌoʊ ti-/ (Show IPA),
otioseness, noun
Synonyms
1. lazy, slothful. 2. idle, vain, profitless. 3. redundant, worthless, pointless.
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  • Alas, it would be equally otiose to look for legislation to change corporate governance.
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British Dictionary definitions for otiose

otiose

/ˈəʊtɪˌəʊs; -ˌəʊz/
adjective
1.
serving no useful purpose: otiose language
2.
(rare) indolent; lazy
Derived Forms
otiosity (ˌəʊtɪˈɒsɪtɪ), otioseness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ōtiōsus leisured, from ōtium leisure
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Word Origin and History for otiose
adj.

1794, "unfruitful, futile," from Latin otiosus "having leisure or ease,unoccupied, idle, not busy" (source of French oiseux, Spanish ocioso, Italian otioso), from otium "leisure, free time, freedom from business," of unknown origin. Meaning "at leisure, idle" is recorded from 1850. Cf. Latin phrase otium cum dignitate "leisure with dignity." Earlier adjective in English was otious- "at ease" (1610s), and Middle English had noun otiosity (late 15c.).

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