Definition of sluggishness:
quietude, hebetude, industrious, unemotionality, emotionlessness, do-nothingism, unconcern, indifference, composure, lustrelessness, languidness, sloth, phlegm, impassibility, stolidity, sluggardness, matt, matte, stupor, mat, leadenness, lusterlessness, sputum, tranquillity, languor, quietness, two-dimensionality, planeness, impassivity, dreaminess, lethargy, torpidity, lassitude, slackness, calmness, flatness, action, impassiveness, inanition, stoicism, shiftlessness, unfeelingness.
- fatigue (part of speech: noun)
- dullness (part of speech: noun)
- inertness (part of speech: noun)
- lethargy (part of speech: noun)
- slowness (part of speech: noun)
And on Nov 1st he writes, " On Wednesday I again went to the ship and tried small alterations in the correctors: I am confident now that the thing is very near, but we were most abominably baffled by the sluggishness of the compass."- "Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy", George Biddell Airy.
The force designated by the President was the double of what was necessary; but failed, as is the general opinion, through the insubordination of Armstrong, who would never believe the attack intended until it was actually made, and the sluggishness of Winder before the occasion, and his indecision during it.- "Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson", Thomas Jefferson.
It is, indeed, but a single manifestation of one of the deepest prejudices of a religious and half- cultured people- the prejudice against beauty as a form of debauchery and corruption- the distrust of all ideas that do not fit readily into certain accepted axioms- the belief in the eternal validity of moral concepts- in brief, the whole mental sluggishness of the lower orders of men.- "A Book of Prefaces", H. L. Mencken.