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  • adj.lazy
  • adj.futile
  • adj.useless

synonyms for otiose

  • idle
  • indolent
  • listless
  • slothful
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How to use otiose in a sentence

There is no superfluous ornament in his orations, nothing tawdry, nothing otiose.
SPEECHES AND LETTERS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 1832-1865ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Do they serve to direct observation, colligate data, and guide experimentation, or are they otiose?
ESSAYS IN EXPERIMENTAL LOGICJOHN DEWEY
A historian may be a theist; but, so far as his work is concerned, this particular belief is otiose.
EVOLUTION IN MODERN THOUGHTERNST HAECKEL
Searching comparisons between the arts of Strindberg and Shakespeare are otiose.
AUGUST STRINDBERG, THE SPIRIT OF REVOLTL. (LIZZY) LIND-AF-HAGEBY
The principle "same cause, same effect," which philosophers imagine to be vital to science, is therefore utterly otiose.
MYSTICISM AND LOGIC AND OTHER ESSAYSBERTRAND RUSSELL
Mr. Bonar Law appended to the announcement a surely otiose explanation of the necessity of the increase.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOL. 159, AUGUST 4TH, 1920VARIOUS
But, with the perfection of photographic processes and of the cinematograph, pictures of this sort are becoming otiose.
ARTCLIVE BELL
At the time of Ida Pfeiffer's visit, only one pair were living in this otiose state, and the number seldom exceeds three pairs.
CELEBRATED WOMEN TRAVELLERS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURYW. H. DAVENPORT ADAMS
"As happy as a clam at high-water," a figurative expression for otiose comfort.
THE SAILOR'S WORD-BOOKWILLIAM HENRY SMYTH
The riming of the two former syllables is unessential, and for the purpose of rime, accidental and otiose.
CHAUCER'S WORKS, VOLUME 5 (OF 7) -- NOTES TO THE CANTERBURY TALESGEOFFREY CHAUCER
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WORDS RELATED TO OTIOSE

  • cidevant
  • cloistered
  • discharged
  • emeritus
  • humble
  • inactive
  • otiose
  • retiring
  • secluded
  • sequestered
  • shy
  • superannuated
  • unfrequented
  • withdrawn
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