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 \ -​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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There are hundreds of channels to surf through in all, as well as a slightly anemic on-demand selection of movies and TV shows. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell," 23 June 2019 The Mexican economy is anemic and slowing, and its currency has weakened. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Calls Off Plan to Impose Tariffs on Mexico," 7 June 2019 The anemic turnouts continued when New Zealand played the Netherlands and when Spain faced China. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "U.S. Might Be the World Cup’s Best Team. It Is Definitely the Best Draw.," 20 June 2019 That halted promised international business deals and dealt a heavy blow to Iran's already anemic economy. Fox News, "AP EXPLAINS: Iran's nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels," 17 June 2019 That halted promised international business deals and dealt a heavy blow to Iran’s already anemic economy. Washington Post, "AP EXPLAINS: Iran’s nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels," 17 June 2019 When asked Thursday about his anemic polling, Hickenlooper answered that voters are not yet playing close attention to the race. Stephanie Ramirez, CBS News, "Hickenlooper rails against socialism in speech targeting Bernie Sanders," 13 June 2019 The sun’s weak rays create only a few anemic shadows by which to judge scale and distance. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 Hiring was weak across a broad range of industries in May. Manufacturers added only 3,000 jobs, a fourth straight month of anemic gains. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, "US hiring slows amid trade tensions and weaker global economy," 7 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of anemic

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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