hope·​less | \ ˈhō-pləs How to pronounce hopeless (audio) \

Definition of hopeless

1a : having no expectation of good or success : despairing felt hopeless and alone
b : not susceptible to remedy or cure doctors say his condition is hopeless
c : incapable of redemption or improvement She's a hopeless romantic. the most hopeless group of golfers you've ever seen
2a : giving no reason to expect good or success : giving no ground for hope : desperate The situation looked hopeless.
b : incapable of solution, management, or accomplishment : impossible a hopeless task

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Other Words from hopeless

hopelessness noun

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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

Examples of hopeless in a Sentence

He felt confused and hopeless after losing his job. We were the most hopeless group of golfers you ever saw. He's very ill, but his condition isn't hopeless.
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Recent Examples on the Web Although the times are tough, and circumstances might feel hopeless, depression is treatable and can be overcome. Andrew Devendorf, The Conversation, "We studied depression messages on YouTube videos and found dangerous and stigmatizing stereotypes prevail," 29 Mar. 2021 Sarah, who identifies as a hopeless romantic, believes that your wedding day is the most important and happiest day of your life. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Netflix's 'Marriage or Mortgage' Asks Engaged Couples to Choose Between Their Dream Wedding or Home," 9 Mar. 2021 Jen has been unemployed for 10 months, feeling increasingly hopeless with each job interview that doesn’t go anywhere. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Yes, The COVID “Baby Bust” Is Real — Unless You’re Rich," 3 Mar. 2021 Yet Trump’s attack on the democratic process still leaves unfinished business: What should be done about the individuals who assisted Trump in this hopeless and irresponsible cause? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump’s election lawyers should be disbarred," 14 Dec. 2020 Neither is the hopeless cause some feared after two weeks, but neither has arrived yet, either. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Jeff Okudah, Detroit Lions bounce back: 'I was tired of being disrespected by everyone'," 28 Sep. 2020 The Mayor has the right to veto assembly actions but that would be hopeless as a re-vote would still pass by the assembly. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage mayor candidate Q&A: Albert Swank," 13 Mar. 2021 That however hopeless things may seem as a young gay man struggling to fit in, the world is changing. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Three dads, a baby and the legal battle to get their names added to a birth certificate," 6 Mar. 2021 The University of Alabama has the market covered this year on feel-good stories for hopeless sports romantics. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Like DeVonta Smith, Alabama’s Herb Jones shows that character counts," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hopeless

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hopeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopeless. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hopeless

: having or feeling no hope
: unable to be changed
informal : unable to be helped or improved : very bad


hope·​less | \ ˈhō-pləs How to pronounce hopeless (audio) \

Kids Definition of hopeless

1 : having no hope He feels hopeless about the future.
2 : offering no hope The situation looks hopeless.

Other Words from hopeless

hopelessly adverb
hopelessness noun

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