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[haf-hahr-tid, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈhɑr tɪd, ˈhɑf-/
having or showing little enthusiasm:
a halfhearted attempt to work.
Origin of halfhearted
1605-15; half + heart + -ed3
Related forms
halfheartedly, adverb
halfheartedness, noun
indifferent, uninterested, cold, cool, perfunctory.
enthusiastic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And its alternative strategy may be wrong, but that doesn't mean it's ill-considered, or halfhearted.
  • McCarthy's announcement was curiously halfhearted, as if even he recognized that his candidacy was quixotic.
  • They stand in a halfhearted embrace, as if each startled the other with his gesture.
  • They could not only withhold food that they had produced, but also disrupt the colonists' halfhearted efforts to feed themselves.
  • Her efforts to impose a federal ban on busing were, at best, halfhearted.
  • History is littered with halfhearted adaptations of movies into video games.
  • Delegation is too important to the state's efforts and it affects too many lives for the study to be halfhearted.
  • They undoubtedly had a point, yet it is equally true that their efforts in this direction were extraordinarily halfhearted.
  • Antipoverty programs fail if they are halfhearted and inadequately funded.
  • The theater's management made only halfhearted efforts to keep the movie audible and the situation under control.

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