mean·​ing·​less | \ ˈmē-niŋ-ləs How to pronounce meaningless (audio) \

Definition of meaningless

1 : having no meaning especially : lacking any significance
2 : having no assigned function in a language system

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meaninglessly adverb
meaninglessness noun

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Examples of meaningless in a Sentence

He felt that his work was meaningless. The movie was filled with meaningless violence.
Recent Examples on the Web The election is six months off, so these polls are meaningless. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: Promise of virus treatment, vaccine boost Trump," 2 May 2020 Sometimes social media hype and long lines are meaningless. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "New Fort Worth birria taco truck sees big turnout from social media hype," 6 Mar. 2020 In between, we were supposed to get excited about ultimately meaningless games involving teams that were playing only for pride. Creg Stephenson |, al, " All-Access: So I hear there’s a national championship game in 4 days," 9 Jan. 2020 Despite being a rookie, he was deactivated for the meaningless Jets game, but 36-year-old future Hall of Famer Frank Gore didn't get a rest. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Bills Q&A with Tim Graham," 2 Jan. 2020 At that point nobody would have blamed Bailey for calling in sick for the second half of a rather meaningless game. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Dan Bailey’s math: 4 for 4 on Vikings field goals add up to $1 million bonus," 29 Dec. 2019 At the risk of reading too much into one third-quarter scoring drive in one meaningless December game, the Detroit Lions may have gotten a glimpse of their 2020 backfield in last week’s loss to the Denver Broncos. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Lions might have found their running back tandem of the future," 26 Dec. 2019 If there already is so much bad ball, and so many meaningless NFL games, why not add a 17th? … NFL games on Thursday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: L.A. is one tough climb, and Bolts just can’t ascend there," 19 Oct. 2019 But that would be meaningless for the Federalist Society, which doesn’t lobby or take positions on policy or political candidates. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Andrew M. Grossman, WSJ, "Shut Up, They Advised," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of meaningless

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of meaningless was in 1796

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24 May 2020

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“Meaningless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of meaningless

: having no meaning
: having no real importance or value


mean·​ing·​less | \ ˈmē-niŋ-ləs How to pronounce meaningless (audio) \

Kids Definition of meaningless

: having no meaning or importance

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