nonpurposeful

adjective

non·​pur·​pose·​ful ˌnän-ˈpər-pəs-fəl How to pronounce nonpurposeful (audio)
: not having a purpose : not purposeful
nonpurposeful activity

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By offering immunity to nonpurposeful mishaps and being nonjudgemental, workers will feel that a heavy burden is lifted off their shoulders. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Movements that look nonpurposeful, off-kilter or asymmetrical are also worth mentioning to your child’s doctor. Tara Haelle, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonpurposeful was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Nonpurposeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonpurposeful. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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