half-hearted

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From half- +‎ hearted.

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half-hearted (comparative more half-hearted, superlative most half-hearted)

  1. Not sincere; lacking full energy, effort, commitment, or resolve.
    He made a half-hearted attempt to read the chapter before giving up and dozing off.
    • 2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, “Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao”, in the Guardian[1]:
      There were chants against the domestic league's president Dumitru Dragomir and also a half-hearted two-man pitch invasion by Universitatea Craiova fans protesting at the expulsion of their club from the league.
  2. (obsolete) Lacking in heart or spirit; ungenerous; unkind.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

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