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

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Other Words from meaningless

meaninglessly adverb
meaninglessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for meaningless

Synonyms

empty, inane, pointless, senseless

Antonyms

meaningful, significant

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Examples of meaningless in a Sentence

He felt that his work was meaningless. The movie was filled with meaningless violence.

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Information crashes into other information, false or real, and everything becomes meaningless. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Barry Levinson on Trump-Russia Probe: "He Cannot Look More Guilty Than He Acts"," 4 July 2018 To keep Wang past retirement age, Xi had him step down from the Politburo Standing Committee while ensconcing him in what had been a relatively meaningless ceremonial post. Washington Post, "‘Mr. Fix-It’: China’s new VP has tackled thorniest of crises," 18 Mar. 2018 Orlando attorney Peter McGrath, who represents Orange Tree Village Condominiums, said Brady is a sympathetic figure but the association’s animal restrictions become meaningless if left unenforced. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando veteran must surrender emotional support dog," 3 Jan. 2018 The buzzer sounded the beginning of the round, and Bennett was kind enough to have me chase him around the ring, forcing me to attack rather than throw meaningless shots. Dan Roe, SELF, "I Was Smoking Weed to Avoid All My Stress and Responsibilities—and Then I Got Punched in the Face," 2 Aug. 2018 Not bad, by Hollywood standards; but Hollywood standards are meaningless here. Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 2019 Though meaningless in terms of biology, these tiny, random changes are often passed down in generations. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test can and can’t teach us about ancestry," 15 Oct. 2018 This gesture is all but meaningless unless Jeff Sessions or Kirstjen Nielsen have financial assets in Turkey or are itching to travel there. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Bring Pastor Andrew Brunson Home," 6 Aug. 2018 Oplinger knows all those stats are meaningless on the practice field. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Cardinals' Ivy League rookies eager to prove themselves at 'grown man's' level," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of meaningless

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2019

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The first known use of meaningless was in 1796

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meaningless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of meaningless

: having no meaning
: having no real importance or value

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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