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See also: half-heartedly
From halfhearted + -ly.
halfheartedly (comparative more halfheartedly, superlative most halfheartedly)
- Without enthusiasm or interest.
- 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, →OCLC:
- This appeal seemed to produce some effect, for two of the fellows began to look here and there among the lumber, but half-heartedly, I thought, and with half an eye to their own danger all the time, while the rest stood irresolute on the road.
- 1901 , Leo Tolstoy, Constance Garnett, transl., Anna Karenina:
- “Oh, but I feel, and particularly just now—it’s your fault,” he said, pressing her hand—“that all that doesn’t count. I do it in a way halfheartedly. If I could care for all that as I care for you!... Instead of that, I do it in these days like a task that is set me.”
in a half-hearted manner