otiose


oti·ose

adjective \ˈō-shē-ˌōs, ˈō-tē-\

Definition of OTIOSE

1
:  producing no useful result :  futile
2
:  being at leisure :  idle
3
:  lacking use or effect :  functionless
oti·ose·ly adverb
oti·ose·ness noun
oti·os·i·ty \ˌō-shē-ˈä-sə-tē, ˌō-tē-\ noun

Examples of OTIOSE

  1. <since you haven't read the book, I suppose that it would be otiose to inquire what you thought of it>

Origin of OTIOSE

Latin otiosus, from otium leisure
First Known Use: 1794

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