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listlessness

shows lack of interest in its surroundings.
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There were voices which would have roused him, even then; but their welcome tones could not penetrate there; and he crept to bed the same listless, hopeless, blighted creature, that Nicholas had first found him at the Yorkshire school.
After some days spent in listless indolence, during which I traversed many leagues, I arrived at Strasbourg, where I waited two days for Clerval.
It would seem that his search was fruitless; for after a few moments of indolent and listless examination, he suffered his huge frame to descend the gentle declivity, in the same sluggish manner that an over fatted beast would have yielded to the downward pressure.
The pale, sombre face lighted up for a moment when his mother and sister entered, but this only gave it a look of more intense suffering, in place of its listless dejection.
Centrifuging and other existing means of separating the healthier sperm cells from the legions of listless ones typically net a low percentage of good swimmers and may even damage them.
This increase comes as a number of analysts predict that the stock market, after a series of listless quarters, appears poised for a rebound.
Rescue chief Andy Gannett of HMS Gannet said: "He was cold, exhausted and a bit listless but very relieved.
Bush organized a conference near his Texas ranch and promised tax reforms to help bolster a listless economy.
The market is not in a state of paralysis -- there is definite activity in various niches -- but it has been demoralized by the listless stock market, economic uncertainty and negative ripple effects from Manhattan.
There was little to cheer either set of supporters during a listless first half.
Unfortunately, when compared to the fresh angle with which he approaches the rest of his material, the nods to The Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland seem perfunctory and listless.
Fleeting looks and listless reveries are some of the most trenchant episodes: Paulette unconscious on her bed, empty glass in hand, in various states of undress; teetering, precariously balanced on her living-room couch late at night; or a scene when, eight mo nths pregnant, she reaches under her pillow to pull out a mickey.