otiose

[ oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee- ]
/ ˈoʊ ʃiˌoʊs, ˈoʊ ti- /

adjective

being at leisure; idle; indolent.
ineffective or futile.
superfluous or useless.

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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of otiose

1785–95; < Latin ōtiōsus at leisure, equivalent to ōti(um) leisure + -ōsus -ose1

OTHER WORDS FROM otiose

o·ti·ose·ly, adverbo·ti·os·i·ty [oh-shee-os-i-tee, oh-tee-] /ˌoʊ ʃiˈɒs ɪ ti, ˌoʊ ti-/, o·ti·ose·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for otiose

otiose
/ (ˈəʊtɪˌəʊs, -ˌəʊz) /

adjective

serving no useful purposeotiose language
rare indolent; lazy

Derived forms of otiose

otiosity (ˌəʊtɪˈɒsɪtɪ) or otioseness, noun

Word Origin for otiose

C18: from Latin ōtiōsus leisured, from ōtium leisure
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