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1. Mildly warm; tepid.
2. Lacking conviction or enthusiasm; indifferent: gave only lukewarm support to the incumbent candidate.

[Middle English leukwarm : leuk, luke (possibly alteration of leu, from Old English hlēow; see kelə- in Indo-European roots) + warm, warm; see warm.]

luke′warm′ly adv.
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Adv.1.lukewarmly - in an unenthusiastically lukewarm manner; "he was lukewarmly received by his relatives"
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Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile have the opportunity to attack they do it like partisans, whilst the others defend lukewarmly, in such wise that the prince is endangered along with them.
If, therefore, thou wouldst have me enjoy what can be called life, thou wilt at once engage in this love struggle, not lukewarmly nor slothfully, but with the energy and zeal that my desire demands, and with the loyalty our friendship assures me of.
The Punisher has had a surprisingly difficult live-action journey to the screen, disastrously portrayed by Dolph Lundgren in a 1989 movie, lukewarmly performed by Thomas Jane in a 2004 film and cartoonishly depicted by Ray Stevenson in 2008's 'The Punisher: War Zone.
But chapter 4, "Identity Politics and Multiculturalism in the 1990s," describes some relative failures--the play Face Value, the lukewarmly received film version of M.
Veronika Part, a principal with American Ballet Theatre since 2009, has been the subject of polarized reactions from critics who have either thrilled to her dancing or shrugged lukewarmly.
This ink has been spilled glowingly (Krugman 2014), lukewarmly (Summers 2014), and devastatingly (Jones 2014).
However, Russia received the tactic lukewarmly, for its "revolutionary ways" are opposed to those of the Brotherhood's, and it has a bitter history with Islamists, according to Abdel Qader.
6) Due to its rather severe limitations, the AFISMA mission was received by the UN only lukewarmly, as reflected in Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's reports to the UN Security Council.
Ordinary citizens had also lukewarmly welcomed the National Salvation Front's (NSF's) conditions to withdraw from the street and take part in a proposed dialogue with the President.
forcing the administration to switch positions and lukewarmly support