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useful

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of useful

  1. 1 capable of being put to use or account <useful suggestions for limiting the amount of food we eat> Synonyms actionable, applicable, applicative, applied, functional, practicable, serviceable, ultrapractical, usable (also useable), practical, workable, workingRelated Words down-to-earth, pragmatic (also pragmatical), utilitarian; banausic, mundane; accessible, available, obtainable, reachable; all-around (also all-round), handy; active, alive, busy, employed, functioning, operating, operativeNear Antonyms abstract, academic (also academical), armchair, theoretical (also theoretic); inaccessible, unattainable, unavailable, unobtainable, unreachable; unsuitableAntonyms impracticable, impractical, inapplicable, nonpractical, unusable, unworkable, useless

  2. 2 capable of or suitable for being used for a particular purpose <I've found this tool really useful for making sure all my pictures are hung straight> Synonyms available, employable, exploitable, fit, functional, operable, practicable, serviceable, usableRelated Words applicable, relevant; doable, feasible, viable, workable; reusableAntonyms impracticable, inoperable, nonfunctional, unavailable, unemployable, unusable

  3. 3 providing service or assistance <hopefully, the consultant's financial advice will prove useful in planning for our retirement> Synonyms conducive, facilitative, helpfulRelated Words advantageous, beneficial, efficacious, favorable, productive, profitable, salutary; accommodating, obligingNear Antonyms ineffective, ineffectual; adverse, disadvantageous, inconvenient, profitless, unfavorableAntonyms unhelpful, useless





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