Definition of half-hearted adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

half-hearted

 adjective
adjective
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done without enthusiasm or effort He made a half-hearted attempt to justify himself.Extra examples a rather half-hearted attempt to clean up the mess He gave a half-hearted smile. He made a half-hearted attempt to justify the decision. She picked at her food in a half-hearted way.
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