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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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 Brooks told the appeals court the policy was meaningless. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Idaho law banning transgender females from girls' and women's sports teams reaches appeals court," 3 May 2021 Well, at least the New England Patriots have plenty of experience playing in meaningless December games. Jimmy Golen,, "It’s looking like a different kind of December for Patriots," 23 Nov. 2020 Under this view, nothing can be done about climate change, so efforts toward climate action are meaningless. David Carlin, Forbes, "Fighting Back Against The 3 “D”s Of Climate Inaction," 21 Apr. 2021 Thomas, the only Black candidate, said stripping the police of $7 million in overtime was meaningless. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Political rivalry returns to West Dallas’ City Council District 6 race," 19 Apr. 2021 But the way the vaccine procurement process is set up, these donations are meaningless: a whole lot of cash that buys nothing. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, "Why Joe Biden’s multibillion-dollar vaccine aid pledges are meaningless," 19 Apr. 2021 And that type of mojo isn’t meaningless at times like these. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Pato O'Ward lands 2nd career IndyCar pole, ready to fight for first win Sunday," 18 Apr. 2021 The committee's coming decision on banning Donald Trump from the platform is meaningless. Jessica J. González, Wired, "Everyone On Facebook’s Oversight Board Should Resign," 17 Apr. 2021 National household debt numbers, on their own, are so vast that they are rendered nearly meaningless; the massive figures also obscure the fact that debt in this country is distributed unequally. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "Either We Break Our Pandemic Debts or Our Pandemic Debts Break Us," 1 Mar. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Meaningless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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