Idle and Industrious


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Idle adjective – Not being in a state of use, activity, or employment.
Usage example: the car was idle for two weeks while they went on vacation

Industrious is an antonym for idle in unoccupied topic.
Nearby Words: idled, idleness, idler, idling, idly
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Industrious adjective – Involved in often constant activity.
Usage example: an industrious worker who never seems to sleep

Idle is an antonym for industrious in topics: hard-working, hardworking.
Nearby Words: industry, industrial, industriously, industrially
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citizens idle citizens industrious citizens
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Industrious and Idle. (2016). Retrieved 2021, June 20, from
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Industrious or Idle. 2016. Accessed June 20, 2021.

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