Origin of otiose
Examples from the Web for otiose
But to judge from the otiose majesty of some publishers, one would imagine that they had written at least "Childe Harold."Books and Persons|Arnold Bennett
A historian may be a theist; but, so far as his work is concerned, this particular belief is otiose.Evolution in Modern Thought|Ernst Haeckel
The Bible is verbally inspired at least in the sense that nothing in it is otiose; every word is meant.
Searching comparisons between the arts of Strindberg and Shakespeare are otiose.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt|L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
But in the great work of redemption the will of man cannot be otiose.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings|F. W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for otiose
Word Origin for otiose
Word Origin and History for otiose
1794, "unfruitful, futile," from Latin otiosus "having leisure or ease,unoccupied, idle, not busy" (source of French oiseux, Spanish ocioso, Italian otioso), from otium "leisure, free time, freedom from business," of unknown origin. Meaning "at leisure, idle" is recorded from 1850. Cf. Latin phrase otium cum dignitate "leisure with dignity." Earlier adjective in English was otious- "at ease" (1610s), and Middle English had noun otiosity (late 15c.).