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From Latin inofficiōsus. Compare French inofficieux. See in- (not) +‎ officious.


inofficious (comparative more inofficious, superlative most inofficious)

  1. (obsolete) Indifferent to obligation or duty.
    Thou drown'st thyself in inofficious sleep. — Ben Jonson.
  2. (obsolete) Not officious; not civil or attentive.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete, law) Contrary to one's natural obligation or duty, as of a testament by which a child is unjustly deprived of inheritance.
    The inofficious testament. — Blackstone.
    An inofficious disposition of his fortune. — Paley.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for inofficious in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)