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adjective mean·ing·less \ˈmē-niŋ-ləs\

Simple Definition of meaningless

  • : having no meaning

  • : having no real importance or value

Full Definition of meaningless

  1. 1 :  having no meaning; especially :  lacking any significance

  2. 2 :  having no assigned function in a language system

mean·ing·less·ly adverb
mean·ing·less·ness noun

Examples of meaningless

  1. He felt that his work was meaningless.

  2. The movie was filled with meaningless violence.



1797

First Known Use of meaningless

1797



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