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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Disappointingly, most of those labels are meaningless. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Meatless meat is having a moment. Will eggless eggs be next?," 23 July 2019 All the study that had brought him to this point turned out to be meaningless when confronted by a reality that obeyed none of the rules and shared none of beliefs that had shaped his life. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 But the conclusions are all virtually meaningless, since no one knows much about how those regions interact, or why one gamer’s bilateral cuneus happens to be thicker than another’s. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.," 2 July 2018 But its win over the United States in 2016 remains a point of pride for the Swedes ahead of Thursday night, a rallying cry for a game that is otherwise meaningless. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Three years later, Sweden still talking trash about Rio Olympic win over U.S. women," 19 June 2019 Nothing is more meaningless than a story written by a D.C. political reporter who parachutes into flyover country for a few days to gauge voter sentiment., "Tweets of the Week: Trump at the Olive Garden, #MeToo Advice, and Praise for Papi," 13 June 2019 Americana is such a broad and nebulous umbrella idea as to almost be meaningless as a genre term. John Adamian,, "Guitarist William Tyler playing Space Ballroom," 7 June 2019 Melissa Hines, University of Cambridge Skeptics suggest the 2D:4D ratio may be statistically meaningless. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 2019 Feel the market, don’t just go by meaningless numbers. Emily Stewart, Vox, "What’s wrong with the stock market right now, explained," 18 Dec. 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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