mean·ing·less | \ˈmē-niŋ-ləs \

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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Wednesday night, Noh skated with Kim and Park again in a near-meaningless race that captured the attention of the nation. Author: Chelsea Janes, Anchorage Daily News, "They left their slower teammate behind. Now their country’s fans wants them banned.," 21 Feb. 2018 At one point Wednesday, that petition had 400,000 signatures. Wednesday night, Noh skated with Kim and Park again in a near-meaningless race that captured the attention of the nation. Chelsea Janes,, "They left their slower teammate behind. Now their country's fans want them banned.," 21 Feb. 2018 His performance an otherwise-meaningless New Year's Eve game against the Denver Broncos last season, however, helped launch the start of a new era for the Kansas City Chiefs. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Hype or hero? Patrick Mahomes builds big excitement as Chiefs' top QB," 8 June 2018 Thanks to a meaningless final regular-season game against Dallas and a first-round playoff bye, Graham got three. Paul Domowitch,, "How Eagles' Brandon Graham overcame pair of injuries in Super Bowl to sack Tom Brady," 7 June 2018 He was saved by the writings of Carl Jung, which taught that the world was not meaningless but made intelligible by recurring cultural patterns: myths. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Jordan Peterson’s Tired Old Myths," 21 May 2018 There was never any reason to replace him until the season reached its final, meaningless game and then the Chiefs moved on this offseason., "Pumping the brakes -- at least a little -- and the things we learned at Browns rookie minicamp," 5 May 2018 Curry’s absence, combined with a nagging flurry of injuries around him, rendered the Warriors’ last dozen or so games meaningless; catching Houston in the race for the West’s No. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Can Winning Become Rollicking Fun Again for the Warriors?," 13 Apr. 2018 The Magic beat the Washington Wizards 101-92 Wednesday in a meaningless final game to end yet another miserable season. Mike Bianchi,, "Frank Vogel doesn't deserve to be fired by the Orlando Magic," 12 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of meaningless

: having no meaning or importance

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evasion of direct action or statement

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