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IDLENESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does idleness mean? 

IDLENESS (noun)
  The noun IDLENESS has 3 senses:

1. having no employment
2. the quality of lacking substance or value
3. the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work

  Familiarity information: IDLENESS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IDLENESS (noun)


Sense 1idleness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having no employment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

idleness; idling; loafing

Hypernyms ("idleness" is a kind of...):

inactivity (being inactive; being less active)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "idleness"):

dolce far niente (carefree idleness)


Sense 2idleness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of lacking substance or value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

groundlessness; idleness

Context example:

the groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized

Hypernyms ("idleness" is a kind of...):

ineptitude; worthlessness (having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful)


Sense 3idleness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

faineance; idleness

Hypernyms ("idleness" is a kind of...):

indolence; laziness (inactivity resulting from a dislike of work)


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