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 If Americans are unable to speak their beliefs and opinions, liberty is meaningless. Christiana Holcomb, National Review, 3 June 2021 In all too many instances, business leaders can only describe their digital transformation goals in terms that are so general and nonspecific as to be meaningless. Mark Settle, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The Los Angeles Clippers are a team whose words and actions have been meaningless since the NBA bubble., 22 May 2021 The last day of the season was, in that sense, meaningless. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 22 May 2021 For Palestinians, though, the concept of quiet has long been meaningless. New York Times, 21 May 2021 If this is voter suppression, the phrase is meaningless. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 May 2021 Saying things like ‘studies show that children are at low risk of Covid-19,’ is meaningless without citing a study. oregonlive, 17 May 2021 But Todd suggested that distinction was meaningless as long as the GOP fails to unite against Trump’s insistence that election was stolen. Washington Post, 17 May 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Meaningless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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