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 (ō′shē-ōs′, ō′tē-)
1. Lazy; indolent.
2. Of no use; pointless or superfluous: It is otiose to review what happened when the events are so well-known.
3. Ineffective; futile. See Synonyms at vain.

[Latin ōtiōsus, idle, from ōtium, leisure.]

o′ti·ose′ly adv.
o′ti·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
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(ˈəʊʃɪəʊslɪ; ˈəʊʃɪəʊzlɪ)
in an otiose manner
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