point·​less | \ˈpȯint-ləs \

Definition of pointless 

1 : devoid of meaning : senseless a pointless remark

2 : devoid of effectiveness : flat pointless attempts to be funny

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Other Words from pointless

pointlessly adverb
pointlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pointless


empty, inane, meaningless, senseless


meaningful, significant

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Examples of pointless in a Sentence

It would be pointless for us to continue the investigation. a pointless remark that left everyone scratching their heads in confusion

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But that doesn't mean that getting it later in your life is pointless. Korin Miller, SELF, "The HPV Vaccine Is Now FDA-Approved for People Over 26: What You Need to Know," 9 Oct. 2018 And the implicit subsidies dwarf the explicit subsidies, so arguing about the latter while unable to agree on the former is uniquely pointless. David Roberts, Vox, "Putting a dollar value on one of oil’s biggest subsidies: military protection," 21 Sep. 2018 Well, all of that concern proves to be pointless when Liberty gives birth to a healthy baby boy and later becomes Degrassi’s valedictorian. refinery29.com, "Let's Put Some Respect On Liberty Van Zandt's Name, Degrassi Fans," 15 June 2018 Law professors said the whole legal battle was pretty pointless. New York Times, "The Week in Tech: Amazon Continues Its Quest for World Domination," 29 June 2018 That’s why giving yourself a migraine arguing over which Phillies reliever should pitch in what inning to what hitter is pretty much pointless. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "Gabe Kapler isn't God, and the Phillies bullpen has few good options | Mike Sielski," 26 June 2018 Caputo learned for certain that Mueller knew about the meeting, and had texts to prove it, during his grand jury testimony on May 2 — so a further cover-up to hide its existence from the special counsel was obviously pointless. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Roger Stone suddenly admits to meeting with a Russian national to seek dirt on Hillary Clinton," 17 June 2018 Make Instagram a safe space for yourself rather than a trap of pointless poison. NBC News, "Actress Jameela Jamil wants to use her platform to change the discussion around body image," 4 May 2018 In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. Rachel Paige King, Longreads, "Is Your Job Lynchian, or Is It More Kafkaesque?," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pointless

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pointless

: having no meaning, purpose, or effect


point·​less | \ˈpȯint-ləs \

Kids Definition of pointless

: having no meaning or purpose a pointless story pointless attempts

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noxious or harmful

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