- Resulting in no effect.
- Reluctant to work or to exert oneself.
- Having no reason for being (raison d"íªtre); having no point, reason, or purpose.
Etymology: From otiosus "idle", < otium, "ease".
- 1895, w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, s:Vailima Letters, Vailima Letters, ch 3
- : On Friday morning, I had to be at my house affairs before seven; and they kept me in Apia till past ten, disputing, and consulting about brick and stone and native and hydraulic lime, and cement and sand, and all sorts of details about the chimney " just what I fled from in my father"s office twenty years ago;
(rfex, first two senses)
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