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otiose

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

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

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Origin of otiose

First recorded in 1785–95; from Latin ōtiōsus “at leisure, inactive, undisturbed,” equivalent to ōti(um) “leisure, spare time” + -ōsus adjective suffix; see -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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