1. a failure to be active as a consequence of lack of initiative or ambition
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How To Use shiftlessness In A Sentence

  • That's just the lazy shiftlessness of your folks," responded Ezekiel with prompt ungallantry. The Argonauts of North Liberty
  • When it came to alienation, or what he preferred to call anomie, Durkheim was convinced that such shiftlessness—moral isolation, in effect—was caused by an absence of conventions and a rejection of the society that instituted them. BREAKFAST WITH SOCRATES
  • The New Bedford superintendent of schools argued that it was the lack of sewing skills that caused what he saw to be the "unthrift and ragged shiftlessness of many homes. "Make It Yourself": Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890-1930
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