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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Looking after your eyes (lol) when there’s nothing wrong with them might feel pointless. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Your Eyes," 1 Apr. 2018 While some characters like Jake Pentecost get a full backstory and characterization, some side characters feel somewhat pointless. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Pacific Rim Returns In Excellent B-Movie Fashion," 20 Mar. 2018 Amid the proliferation, the need to sort useful from pointless, and legal from dubious, has never been greater. The Economist, "Hedge funds worry about the legal risks of using “alternative” data," 21 June 2018 At best, this is a pointless and distracting form of anti-politics. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Stop making second American Civil War clickbait," 1 June 2018 Marquez crossed the line in fifth, but a penalty for 'reckless riding' pushed him back to 18th, also pointless. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "Rossi slams 'dirty, dangerous' Marquez after Argentine MotoGP mayhem," 9 Apr. 2018 At the 2018 Tony Awards the actor and director gave a brief, profane, and pointless outburst about President Trump. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Robert De Niro’s Toothless Protest," 11 June 2018 In New York City, life-saving bike lane projects are subject to months and months of pointless public debate driven almost entirely by people whose primary concern is on-street car parking. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Our Surrender to the Automobile Is Absurd and Deadly," 5 June 2018 Gorsuch was met in Washington with a grueling but pointless week of confirmation hearings. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of pointless

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pointless was in 1582

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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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