from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In an otiose or perfunctory manner; futilely.
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Wanless, answered enquiries as to Ingram's behaviour under what Mrs. Percival otiosely called "his bereavement," echoed speculations at to his whereabouts -- played, in short, vacantly an empty part, and kept her mother upon tenterhooks.
_Memorials and Correspondence of C.J. Fox_, 4 vols., 1853, has many letters of importance, but is otiosely edited, and _Life of C.J. Fox_,