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Examples of lackadaisical in a Sentence
His teachers did not approve of his lackadaisical approach to homework.
feeling particularly lackadaisical in the summer heat, they lazily tossed a ball back and forth
Recent Examples of lackadaisical from the Web
The challenges Katia faced in getting treatment amid Russia’s epidemic highlight the country’s faltering response, which critics have blasted as misguided, lackadaisical, and downright dismissive.
The lawsuit claims Facebook knew about the breach early on, in 2015, but was lackadaisical about doing anything about it.
The lawsuit claims Facebook knew about the breach early on, in 2015, but was lackadaisical in doing anything about it.
The response to these horrors has been lackadaisical and circle-the-wagons.
What compounded the problem was a lackadaisical effort on the defensive end.
City and county officials blamed each other for a lackadaisical response to the emergency, but by last fall portable toilets and sinks were set up throughout downtown San Diego and a host of other sites in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
President Trump’s lackadaisical approach toward political appointments has left the Social Security Administration headless.
The authors of the analysis hoped to quantify the effects of the ban—and the lackadaisical approach to enforcing it—on China’s health and environment.
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Where Does lackadaisical Come From?
Alas, alack, there are times when life seems to be one unfortunate occurrence after another. We’ve all had days when nothing seemed to go right. When folks had one of those days back in the 17th century, they'd cry "Lackaday" to express their sorrow and disappointment. "Lackaday" was a shortened form of the expression "alack the day." In the mid-1700s, "lackadaisical" was coined through addition of the suffix -ical. The word lackadaisy also was used around that time as an interjection similar to "lackaday," and this word, though never as prevalent as "lackaday," might have influenced the coinage of "lackadaisical."
Synonym Discussion of lackadaisical
- was depressed and languid for weeks after surgery
- languorous cats lying in the sun
- lackadaisical college seniors pretending to study
- listless hospital patients
- listless children flipping through picture books on a rainy day
- a spiritless recital of the poem
LACKADAISICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lackadaisical for English Language Learners
: feeling or showing a lack of interest or enthusiasm
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