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


empty, inane, pointless, senseless


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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Meanwhile, all of the aforementioned is ignored as the UK distracts itself with a pantomime, as though facts are meaningless. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "The UK might be living through its own post-truth Trump moment," 29 June 2019 But, without proposals on borders, the status of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees, the Palestinians say the economic plan is meaningless. Washington Post, "Kushner tries to sell Mideast plan to skeptical audience," 26 June 2019 The pick swap in 2023 will be meaningless if the Lakers have a better record than the Pelicans. Arash Markazi,, "Lakers are winners in Anthony Davis trade no matter what happens," 17 June 2019 Sephora’s training, too, has been similarly lambasted as meaningless window dressing. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "What actually happens in bias training seminars?," 11 June 2019 President Xi’s promise to President Obama in 2015 not to militarize the islands had become meaningless. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Jim Sciutto’s Quiet Indictment of the Obama Administration," 6 June 2019 Many current policy debates would be rendered practically meaningless by divided government, or even by a slim Democratic majority in the upper chamber. The Economist, "Democrats running for president are selling plans to transform America," 6 June 2019 But that was a largely meaningless vote, since Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell could put Kavanaugh’s nomination on the floor at any time, regardless of what the committee does. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Jeff Flake said he wants a delay on the Senate’s Kavanaugh vote. Here’s what it means.," 28 Sep. 2018 Of course, these numbers are largely meaningless compared to more tangible metrics like gross bookings, revenue, and profit. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips," 18 Sep. 2018

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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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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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