anemic

adjective
ane·mic | \ə-ˈnē-mik \

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 \ 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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For most of the recovery, wage growth has been anemic, suggesting companies faced relatively little pressure to invest in automation or to find other ways to squeeze more production out of workers. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes," 25 June 2018 For most of the recovery, wage growth has been anemic, suggesting companies faced relatively little pressure to invest in automation or to find other ways to squeeze more production out of workers. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes," 25 June 2018 That said, the passing game in Baltimore has been anemic for some time. Jim Owczarski, USA TODAY, "Ravens training camp questions: Can Joe Flacco rebound with new weapons?," 29 June 2018 After years of recession or anemic growth at best, punctuated by a staggering number of corruption scandals, the Brazilian electorate is angry and restive. Mario Sergio Lima, Bloomberg.com, "Brazil’s Opposing Presidential Front-Runners Dig In," 6 June 2018 The 6'4 190 pound right-hander has posted an anemic 1.05 ERA over his first 16 appearances and sports a .170 opponent batting average against. Cincinnati.com, "Freedom players head to all-star game," 10 July 2018 With Enterprise, some fans blamed the anemic finale on the series’ often-uneven writing. Sam Ferguson, Ars Technica, "A dozen years after near-death, Star Trek’s future may be stronger than ever," 19 May 2018 Their rotation is a mess, the bullpen spotty, the hitting anemic. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The State of the Royals, Part 1 of 2: How did they get here?," 12 July 2018 For most of the recovery, wage growth has been anemic, suggesting companies faced relatively little pressure to invest in automation or to find other ways to squeeze more production out of workers. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Navarro stems stock sell-off by discounting trade war," 26 June 2018

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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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anemic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of anemic

medical : relating to or suffering from anemia

: not strong, forceful, or impressive

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