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English definition of “desultory”

desultory

adjective     /ˈdes.əl.tər.i/ US  /-tɔːr-/ formal
without a clear plan or purpose and showing little effort or interest: She made a desultory attempt at conversation. He wandered around, clearing up in a desultory way.Useless and futile desultorily     /-əl.i/ adverb
(Definition of desultory adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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