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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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 Vermont’s law, which is arguably meaningless without HHS’ say-so, is just one example. Shefali Luthra, Scientific American, "Vermont Legislators Pass Law Allowing Drug Imports," 19 May 2018 But of course, we are all called racist now, and the word is actually meaningless. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Morrissey Tells the 'Loony Left' That 'Hitler Was Left Wing' in New Fan Site Interview," 17 Apr. 2018 And if Trump finally admits Kim’s love letters are meaningless, what tools are left for the administration to address the North Korean threat? Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Qualifying is a bit meaningless with such a long race to run, but the field was led to the green flag by Pipo Derani in #22, one of the two black-and-green Nissan DPis. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Petit Le Mans: More proof we’re in a golden age for sportscar racing," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of meaningless

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Mar 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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