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 The Gringa goes out of its way to ape the sort of archival work that fiction writers who deal carefully with history engage in—only to dismiss it all as meaningless. Andrew Altschul, The New York Review of Books, "Fiction and Responsibility," 6 July 2020 How important can a movement be, it’s often been asked, if the most heinous corporations and institutions in the world can glom onto it and earn praise for meaningless statements and gestures? Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020 The co-option of Hawaiian imagery and igloos was inherently cynical and meaningless. Dale Beran, The Atlantic, "The Boogaloo Tipping Point," 4 July 2020 Others will say that falls into a ritual that can be meaningless. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "In times of pain, the need to remember when we have an amazing prayer answered – Faith & You," 3 July 2020 The recommendations from these investigations have in the past been ignored, the review found, or are sometimes so broad as to be meaningless. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "U.S. Marine Corps Concludes Its Investigation Into a Fatal 2018 Midair Crash Was Inaccurate," 2 July 2020 Week 4 is practically meaningless, with virtually no starters playing. oregonlive, "NFL shortens preseason from four to two games: Report," 1 July 2020 Your sensors — for differentiating among humor, meaningless barbs, grumpiness that is about you, grumpiness that isn’t about you, and grumpiness that isn’t about you but is intolerable nonetheless — simply become more accurate. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Is my boyfriend’s relationship with his co-worker a red flag?," 28 June 2020 The preseason has become each year increasingly meaningless, with some star players not even taking a snap. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "What does the canceled Hall of Fame Game mean for the NFL preseason?," 26 June 2020

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Meaningless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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