meaningless

adjective
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

Other Words from meaningless

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 Ultimately, these lists are meaningless, and everyone’s fully aware. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 One of the baser conspiratorial elements of the theory is that the globe-earth lie is propounded so that people will believe their lives are meaningless. Lauren Markham, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 Reluctant to disclose answers to Congress, numerous requests for information sent to Carvajal were either ignored or the answers were meaningless because of their delinquency. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 19 July 2022 One unnamed chipmaker told the Financial Times that chip manufacturing is developing so rapidly that the 28 nanometer threshold would be meaningless after a few generations of new chips. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 19 July 2022 Garner did her best to rescue the series, but a muddled script took so many inexplicable twists and turns that the message—however entertaining—became garbled and meaningless. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 13 July 2022 Hence, meaningless goals is probably a misnomer for these pursuits. Gloria Liu, The Atlantic, 9 July 2022 Pragmatism is a beautiful thing, but meaningless without principle. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 6 July 2022 New York swatted six home runs, and Yankees relievers allowed two meaningless runs over six total innings out of the bullpen between the two contests. Joe Noga, cleveland, 3 July 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Meaningless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meaningless. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for meaningless

meaningless

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

Kids Definition of meaningless

: having no meaning or importance

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