adjective Etymology: Latin otiosus, from otium leisure Date: 1794 1. producing no useful result ; futile 2. being at leisure ; idle 3. lacking use or effect ; functionless Synonyms: see vainotiosely adverbotioseness nounotiosity noun

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  • Otiose — O ti*ose , a. [L. otiosus, fr. otium ease.] Being at leisure or ease; unemployed; indolent; idle. Otiose assent. Paley. [1913 Webster] The true keeping of the Sabbath was not that otiose and unprofitable cessation from even good deeds which they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • otiose — I adjective abortive, apathetic, arid, barren, bootless, dallying, dilatory, disengaged, dispensable, disused, dormant, dried up, effete, exhausted, expendable, faineant, fallow, feckless, fruitless, futile, idle, impotent, impracticable,… …   Law dictionary

  • otiose — (adj.) 1794, unfruitful, futile, from L. otiosus having leisure or ease, not busy (source of Fr. oiseux, Sp. ocioso, It. otioso), from otium leisure, of unknown origin. Meaning at leisure, idle is recorded from 1850 …   Etymology dictionary

  • otiose — *vain, nugatory, idle, empty, hollow Analogous words: *superfluous, supernumerary, surplus: *futile, vain, fruitless, bootless …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • otiose — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ serving no practical purpose; pointless. ORIGIN Latin otiosus, from otium leisure …   English terms dictionary

  • otiose — [ō′shē ōs΄, ōt′ēōs΄] adj. [L otiosus < otium, leisure] 1. Rare idle; indolent 2. ineffective; futile 3. useless; superfluous SYN. VAIN otiosely adv. otiosity [ō′shēäs′ə tē, ōt′ēäs′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • otiose — adjective /ˈəʊ.ʃi.əʊs,ˈoʊ.ʃi.oʊs/ a) Resulting in no effect. On Friday morning, I had to be at my house affairs before seven; and they kept me in Apia till past ten, disputing, and consulting about brick and stone and native and hydraulic lime,… …   Wiktionary

  • otiose — adjective formal ideas or words that are otiose are unnecessary; redundant (2) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • otiose — otiosely, adv. otiosity /oh shee os i tee, oh tee /, otioseness, n. /oh shee ohs , oh tee /, adj. 1. being at leisure; idle; indolent. 2. ineffective or futile. 3. superfluous or useless. [1785 95; < L otiosus at leisure, equiv. to oti(um)… …   Universalium

  • otiose — Synonyms and related words: abortive, airy, asinine, at leisure, at liberty, at loose ends, available, barren, bootless, catchpenny, disengaged, empty, fallow, fatuous, flimsy, foolish, free, fribble, fribbling, frivolous, frothy, fruitless,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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