otiose

adjective oti·ose \ 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

otiosely

adverb

otioseness

noun

otiosity

play \ˌō-shē-ˈä-sə-tē, ˌō-tē-\ noun

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Examples of otiose in a Sentence

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

Did You Know?

Otiose was first used in English in the late-18th century to describe things producing no useful result. By mid-19th century, it was being used in keeping with its Latin source otiosus, meaning "at leisure." There is also the noun form otiosity, which predates otiose by approximately three centuries. That noun is rarely found in writing today, but it makes an appearance on the occasional spelling bee word list.

Origin and Etymology of otiose

Latin otiosus, from otium leisure

Synonym Discussion of otiose

vain, nugatory, otiose, idle, empty, hollow mean being without worth or significance. vain implies either absolute or relative absence of value.
    • vain promises
nugatory suggests triviality or insignificance.
    • a monarch with nugatory powers
otiose suggests that something serves no purpose and is either an encumbrance or a superfluity.
    • a film without a single otiose scene
idle suggests being incapable of worthwhile use or effect.
    • idle speculations
empty and hollow suggest a deceiving lack of real substance or soundness or genuineness.
    • an empty attempt at reconciliation
    • a hollow victory


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