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shiftless

[shift-lis] /ˈʃɪft lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking in resourcefulness; inefficient; lazy.
2.
lacking in incentive, ambition, or aspiration.
Origin of shiftless
1555-1565
1555-65; shift + -less
Related forms
shiftlessly, adverb
shiftlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. slothful, careless, indolent.
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Examples from the Web for shiftlessness
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  • This shiftlessness was encouraged by the vast extent of unused and unoccupied domain.

  • He cannot be severely censured when their shiftlessness is borne in mind.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • It does him no credit to have the flag floating above a home that proclaims his shiftlessness.

    The Vitalized School Francis B. Pearson
  • Elim paused with an impatient snort at this exhibition of shiftlessness.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Such a paradox they could not understand, and therefore sank into listless indifference, or shiftlessness, or reckless bravado.

  • Idleness and "shiftlessness" were not merely ineffective, they were sinful.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • The eating-house, the rooms and hallways, were all of that desolate shabbiness which comes from shiftlessness joined with poverty.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • But water's not the only thing as shows their shiftlessness.

  • This same poverty and shiftlessness you find among the peasants almost everywhere.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Labor saves us from the chaos of sloth, the pains of shiftlessness.

    Tablets Amos Bronson Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for shiftlessness

shiftless

/ˈʃɪftlɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking in ambition or initiative
Derived Forms
shiftlessly, adverb
shiftlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shiftlessness

shiftless

adj.

"wanting in resources or energy and ability to shift for oneself," 1580s, from shift (n.1) in the sense "resources" + -less. Related: Shiftlessly; shiftlessness.

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