oscitancy

oscitance

/ (ˈɒsɪtənsɪ) /

noun plural -tancies or -tances

the state of being drowsy, lazy, or inattentive
the act of yawning

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Official name: oscitation

Derived forms of oscitancy

oscitant, adjective

Word Origin for oscitancy

C17: from Latin oscitāre to gape, yawn
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Example sentences from the Web for oscitancy

  • Its necessary concomitants, are official inattention and oscitancy.

    Four Early Pamphlets|William Godwin