defeat the purpose of

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of defeat the purpose of

: to make (something) pointless
  • It would defeat the purpose of having a nice car if you never got to drive it.

Word by Word Definitions

defeat play
  1. : destroy

  2. : nullify

  3. : frustrate

  1. : frustration by nullification or by prevention of success

  2. : destruction

  3. : an overthrow especially of an army in battle

purpose play
  1. : something set up as an object or end to be attained : intention

  2. : resolution, determination

  3. : a subject under discussion or an action in course of execution

  1. : to propose as an aim to oneself


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