Inofficious
Inofficious In`of*fi"cious, a. [L. inofficiosus: cf. F. inofficieux. See {In-} not, and {Officious}.] 1. Indifferent to obligation or duty. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Thou drown'st thyself in inofficious sleep. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. Not officious; not civil or attentive. [Obs.] --Jonhson. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) Regardless of natural obligation; contrary to natural duty; unkind; -- commonly said of a testament made without regard to natural obligation, or by which a child is unjustly deprived of inheritance. ``The inofficious testament.'' --Blackstone. ``An inofficious disposition of his fortune.'' --Paley. [1913 Webster]


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  • inofficious — in·of·fi·cious /ˌi nə fi shəs/ adj [Latin inofficiosus (of a will) ignoring the testator s duty to his relatives, from in not + officiosus kind, dutiful, from officium service, kindness, duty]: of or relating to a disposition of property that has …   Law dictionary

  • inofficious — [in΄ə fish′əs] adj. [L inofficiosus, undutiful: see IN 2 & OFFICIOUS] Law showing neglect of moral duty: said esp. of a will that unreasonably deprives an heir of a just inheritance …   English World dictionary

  • inofficious — /ɪnəˈfɪʃəs/ (say inuh fishuhs) adjective Law not in accordance with moral duty: an inofficious testament or will (one disposing of property contrary to the dictates of natural affection or to just expectations). {Latin inofficiōsus. See in 3,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • inofficious — inofficiousness, inofficiosity /in euh fish ee os i tee/, n. /in euh fish euhs/, adj. Law. being inconsistent with moral duty and natural affection. [1595 1605; < L inofficiosus. See IN 3, OFFICIOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • inofficious — in·of·fi·cious || ‚ɪnÉ™ fɪʃəs adj. incompatible with moral duty and natural tendencies (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • inofficious — in·officious …   English syllables

  • inofficious — |in+ adjective Etymology: Latin inofficiosus, from in in (I) + officiosus dutiful more at officious 1. obsolete : indifferent to obligation or duty 2. : regardless of or contrary to natural duty …   Useful english dictionary

  • inofficious will — noun see inofficious testament * * * Law. a will inconsistent with the moral duty and natural affection of the testator, esp. one denying the legitimate heirs the portions of the estate to which they are legally entitled. Also called inofficious… …   Useful english dictionary

  • inofficious will — Law. a will inconsistent with the moral duty and natural affection of the testator, esp. one denying the legitimate heirs the portions of the estate to which they are legally entitled. Also called inofficious testament. Cf. officious will. [1655… …   Universalium

  • inofficious testament — Same as inofficious will …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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