ane·​mic | \ ə-ˈnē-mik How to pronounce anemic (audio) \

Definition of anemic

1 : relating to or affected with anemia The blood test indicated that he was slightly anemic.
2a : lacking force, vitality, or spirit an anemic rendition of the song anemic efforts at enforcement
b : lacking interest or savor (see savor entry 1 sense 3) : insipid anemic wines
c : lacking in substance or quantity anemic returns on an investment anemic attendance

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Other Words from anemic

anemically \ ə-​ˈnē-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anemically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anemic in a Sentence

The doctor told me I was slightly anemic. The band played an anemic rendition of a classic love song. Investors are worried about the stock's anemic performance. Officials worried about anemic attendance at the shows. Sales rose an anemic 0.5 percent last quarter.
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Recent Examples on the Web One test under development at the company detects the level of iron in the blood, which can help identify and treat anemic individuals. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "3 Arizona startups compete in international bioscience competition," 11 June 2020 Early results looked good, as economic data from the first quarter of 2020 showed Sweden's economy grew; the anemic growth (0.1 percent) was still far better than most other countries could manage. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What’s up with Sweden?," 6 June 2020 Jet fuel demand, meanwhile, remains anemic, down 67% from the same four-week period a year earlier. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Fear among producers that oil rally is fragile," 20 May 2020 In spite of a phase one trade deal that called a truce to the China trade war, business investment remains anemic and higher costs from tariffs weigh on corporate profits. NBC News, "2020 State of the Union: America's economic health is a complex picture," 4 Feb. 2020 Given the anemic power any handgun cartridge brings to the table compared to adequate top-end bear-stopping rifles, penetration is of vital importance. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Best Pieces of Backcountry and Survival Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 Danzig’s take contains a vaguely anemic guitar solo toward the end; ignore that part. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Glenn Danzig Sings Elvis," 12 May 2020 For the week ending April 4, occupancy rates were an anemic 7% at hotels still open in Chicago’s central business district, according to the most recent data from hospital research company STR. oregonlive, "Hotels try ‘pay now, stay later’ discounts amid coronavirus pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020 This trademark self-sufficiency, coupled with an anemic public health infrastructure and limited access to essentials like fresh food and medicine, pose unique threats to rural America as COVID-19 marches relentlessly across the U.S. Dr. Jennifer Olsen, Time, "Rural America Needs Help from the Rest of the Country to Face COVID-19," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of anemic

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anemic

see anemia

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21 Jun 2020

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“Anemic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anemic

medical : relating to or suffering from anemia
: not strong, forceful, or impressive

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