otiose

[oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee-]
adjective
1.
being at leisure; idle; indolent.
2.
ineffective or futile.
3.
superfluous or useless.

Origin:
1785–95; < Latin ōtiōsus at leisure, equivalent to ōti(um) leisure + -ōsus -ose1

otiosely, adverb
otiosity [oh-shee-os-i-tee, oh-tee-] , otioseness, noun


1. lazy, slothful. 2. idle, vain, profitless. 3. redundant, worthless, pointless.
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otiose (ˈəʊtɪˌəʊs, -ˌəʊz)
 
adj
1.  serving no useful purpose: otiose language
2.  rare indolent; lazy
 
[C18: from Latin ōtiōsus leisured, from ōtium leisure]
 
otiosity
 
n
 
'otioseness
 
n

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otiose
1794, "unfruitful, futile," from L. otiosus "having leisure or ease, not busy" (cf. Fr. oiseux, Sp. ocioso, It. otioso), from otium "leisure," of unknown origin. Meaning "at leisure, idle" is recorded from 1850.
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Example sentences
Alas, it would be equally otiose to look for legislation to change corporate governance.
The otiose debate among mythmakers belongs in the humanities department, not in the lab.
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