done without interest; reflecting indifference; shoddy; careless
From the desultory way in which the professor spoke, it was clear that he had made no preparation for the lecture and didn't care about it at all.
de (down)#salire (to leap) (Latin)
fastidious, meticulous, punctilious, scrupulous
De-result. Obviously a haphazard or desultory approach will result to nothing. Imagine a thirsty, hungry man in a DESoLaTe DESert wandering aimlessly from one mirage to another. desultory think like de story-> moving away from the main story desult. de (means without)+sult (RESULT)+tory (a member of conservative party in britain known as TORY). so if the tories DID NOT WIN ANY ELECTION THIS TIME becoz of their desultory attitude. or since they lacked any definate plan to win election. t