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adjective hope·less \ˈhō-pləs\

Simple Definition of hopeless

  • : having or feeling no hope

  • : unable to be changed

  • : unable to be helped or improved : very bad

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hopeless

  1. 1 a :  having no expectation of good or success :  despairing b :  not susceptible to remedy or cure c :  incapable of redemption or improvement

  2. 2 a :  giving no ground for hope :  desperate b :  incapable of solution, management, or accomplishment :  impossible

hopelessness noun

Examples of hopeless in a sentence

  1. He felt confused and hopeless after losing his job.

  2. We were the most hopeless group of golfers you ever saw.

  3. He's very ill, but his condition isn't hopeless.



1534

First Known Use of hopeless

1534

Synonym Discussion of hopeless

despondent, despairing, desperate, hopeless mean having lost all or nearly all hope. despondent implies a deep dejection arising from a conviction of the uselessness of further effort <despondent about yet another rejection>. despairing suggests the slipping away of all hope and often despondency <despairing appeals for the return of the kidnapped child>. desperate implies despair that prompts reckless action or violence in the face of defeat or frustration <one last desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle>. hopeless suggests despair and the cessation of effort or resistance and often implies acceptance or resignation <the situation of the trapped miners is hopeless>.

HOPELESS Defined for Kids

hopeless

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adjective hope·less \ˈhō-pləs\

Definition of hopeless for Students

  1. 1 :  having no hope <He feels hopeless about the future.>

  2. 2 :  offering no hope <The situation looks hopeless.>

hopelessly adverb
hopelessness noun




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