Considering the context:

She was stating the obvious, looking >insert descriptive adverb<

I am looking for an adverb/adjective that could describe like "looking like she gave up".

The closest ones I could come up with was dejectedly and lifelessly. Is there a word, that can describe exactly like stated above?

EDIT: I'm not looking for Depressed/Disappointed kind of meaning, it's more like: stuff like that happened before, so she is tired of that repetition/gave up on caring about it.

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    Your question says you are looking for an adverb. Did you mean an adjective?
    – Tommy Tran
    Sep 22, 2018 at 23:04
  • @TommyTran My initial train of thought was a descriptive words with -ly at the end, adverbs. But maybe there would be a fitting adjective for it, I'll edit the question. Sep 22, 2018 at 23:07
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    "She was stating the obvious, looking [BLANK]." An adjective fits here. An adverb would not be grammatical here. Unless you mean to say "She was stating the obvious, looking [BLANK] at John." Looking dejectedly at John would work. Looking dejectedly would not. In this instance, "looking" functions as a linking verb that connects "she" to a word that would be able to modify it or redescribe it in some way. Adverbs can't modify nouns, which is why I asked. If you're asking for an adverb, it wouldn't work.
    – Tommy Tran
    Sep 22, 2018 at 23:11
  • @TommyTran Added extra context. Sep 22, 2018 at 23:18

4 Answers 4


She looks resigned:

Having accepted something unpleasant that one cannot do anything about.
‘Akiko glances at it and looks resigned, then hopeful.’
Oxford Dictionaries

Also note it has an adverb form: resignedly.

  • I think this is exactly the word I would be looking for, thank you! Sep 22, 2018 at 23:28

Some ideas:


adjective. having been beaten in a battle or other contest. demoralized and overcome by adversity.

Weary (one can be weary of repetition):

adjective. feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep.


She looked beaten.

beaten, adj. 7. Conquered, defeated.

Oxford English Dictionary


The verb look in your example functions as a copula, so it requires an adjective, not an adverb.

That said, what's wrong with dejected? It should work in the sentence with the intended meaning. Dejected means dispirited, cast down, disappointed (these three could also work, incidentally). Dejected is how one would typically feel after giving up on something.

An alternative is defeatist, which suggests that one has given up a fight or contest, usually prematurely so, but it is a bit more specific.

  • Thank you, I should add a bit more context. Dejectedly implies more for depressed, disappointed; in my case, it is like - stuff like that happened before, so she was stating the obvious, no longer caring about it. Like tired of this repetition. Sep 22, 2018 at 23:14

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