In my language we can express the feeling of not willing to do something because we feel lazy about it. Is there any word in english that allows us to express this feeling?

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    "Unmotivated", perhaps?
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 13, 2015 at 3:00
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  • I feel indolent about answering this question. So I won't.
    – JEL
    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:03
  • Oh I just realized that you answered my question. First when I read it I thought it was rude :D sorry about that
    – mad
    May 4, 2016 at 19:57

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Maybe apathetic or lethargic.

  • Could you expand on this a bit - do you have references, definitions or examples that support your suggestions?
    – JHCL
    Oct 13, 2015 at 5:53

A lazy streak maybe?

Sixteen weird things you do when you're going through a lazy streak. (Thought Catalog)

There are many ways you can get yourself into a streak of laziness. (Pick the Brain)

streak: (Informal) A brief run or stretch, as of luck. (American Heritage® Dictionary)


The word I feel that is best fit for this would be:


  1. without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic:

a lackadaisical attempt.

  1. lazy; indolent:

a lackadaisical fellow.

Converting to a noun would be lackadaisicalness.

  • What's the source of this definition? I've always thought it described the way a task is performed, rather than the unwillingness to do so (as described in the question).
    – JHCL
    Oct 13, 2015 at 5:52

From my understanding of your question, unmotivated appears to be the closest match. From Merriam-Webster:


  1. to give (someone) a reason for doing something

  2. to be a reason for (something)

Motivated, the adjective form of motivate would simply inherit the definition of motivate in passive form, i.e. given a reason for doing something. So unmotivated would be not given a reason [or sufficient reason] for doing something. We're naturally lazy unless we are motivated to overcome that laziness.

Other options with differing nuances are reluctant, unenthusiastic, or uninterested, depending on the context. But unmotivated is about the closest I can think of.

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    Welcome to ELU. We generally expect answers to provide supporting rationale. This may take the form of quoted definitions from dictionaries and a statement or two about why that particular word and definition fits the OP situation.
    – Jim
    Oct 13, 2015 at 5:12
  • Sure thing, I've updated my answer.
    – robyoder
    Oct 13, 2015 at 18:16

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