do-nothingism
noun see do-nothing II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Do-nothingism — Do noth ing*ism, Do nothingness Do noth ing*ness, n. Inactivity; habitual sloth; idleness. [Jocular] Carlyle. Miss Austen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • do-nothingism — do noth·ing·ism …   English syllables

  • do-nothingism — ˌizəm noun ( s) : commitment to a do nothing policy * * * /dooh nuth ing iz euhm/, n. the policy or practice of opposing a specific measure or change simply by refusing to consider or act on proposals; deliberate obstructionism. [1830 40; DO… …   Useful english dictionary

  • do-nothingism — /dooh nuth ing iz euhm/, n. the policy or practice of opposing a specific measure or change simply by refusing to consider or act on proposals; deliberate obstructionism. [1830 40; DO NOTHING + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • do-nothingism — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Informal. The quality or state of being lazy: idleness, indolence, laziness, shiftlessness, sloth, slothfulness, sluggardness, sluggishness. See INDUSTRIOUS …   English dictionary for students

  • Do-nothingness — Do nothingism Do noth ing*ism, Do nothingness Do noth ing*ness, n. Inactivity; habitual sloth; idleness. [Jocular] Carlyle. Miss Austen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • do-nothing — I. noun Date: 1579 a shiftless or lazy person II. adjective Date: 1832 marked by inactivity or failure to make positive progress • do nothingism noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • laissez faire — Synonyms and related words: a wise passiveness, autarky, bimetallism, capitalism, capitalistic system, contemplation, contemplative, contemplative life, culpa, culpable negligence, culpably negligent, default, derelict, dereliction, disregard, do …   Moby Thesaurus

  • contemplation — Synonyms and related words: Angelus, Ave, Ave Maria, Hail Mary, Kyrie Eleison, Paternoster, a wise passiveness, absorbed attention, absorption, advisement, aid prayer, anticipation, appeal, application, ataraxia, ataraxy, beadroll, beads,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dormancy — Synonyms and related words: a wise passiveness, abeyance, apathy, catalepsy, catatonia, cold storage, contemplation, contemplative life, deadliness, deathliness, delitescence, do nothing policy, do nothingism, do nothingness, doldrums, entropy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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