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listless | listlessness

listless listlessness
lacking energy, direction, or enthusiasm
  • How to Memorize
    • listless - sluggish
  • Analysis

    Though the word ‘listless’ has elements of lethargy and laziness attached to it, the emphasis is more on a complete indifference to things going on around you. That can be because of a physical or mental problem, or simply due to extreme boredom. In a professional context, it is most commonly used to describe directionless leadership.

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  • Example(s)
    1. He has been listless since he lost his job. He needs to find himself a new challenge.

    2. We missed the deadline due to listless leadership and performances from senior staff members.

    3. I’m feeling a strong sense of listlessness at the moment. I just don’t know what I want to do with my life.