point·​less | \ ˈpȯint-ləs How to pronounce pointless (audio) \

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Others say the vaccine is pointless if recipients still have to wear masks and socially distance and if immunity wears off quickly. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Sculpture controversy, service industry blues, fighting YouTube: News from around our 50 states," 13 Apr. 2021 Then there's this: Calculating herd immunity by state is pointless. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The governor of Texas doesn't seem to know what 'herd immunity' actually is," 12 Apr. 2021 All the things worth doing went neglected; all that is pointless was lavished with care. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, "The Awful Wisdom of the Hostage," 5 Apr. 2021 The 2018 Hart Trophy winner, now 29, has just two goals and 16 points in 28 games this season, and is currently on a four-game pointless streak. Carol Schram, Forbes, "NHL’s Last-Place Buffalo Sabres Fire Coach Ralph Krueger," 17 Mar. 2021 The Cuban regime made a big mistake in failing to build on Obama's initiative, leading many in the U.S. to conclude that engagement was pointless. Star Tribune, "Biden should take first steps toward a new relationship with Cuba," 15 Mar. 2021 The winners weren’t surprising, or even all that different from each other, which made the whole dueling-genre idea feel more than a little pointless. Bobby Finger, Vulture, "There’s No Reason the Oscars Shouldn’t Revert to Two Best Original Score Categories," 26 Mar. 2021 Garrett's still a cynic, but even a pointless job finds a point after 20 years. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The lovely Superstore series finale found the silver lining in a dark Cloud 9: Review," 26 Mar. 2021 Judge Ethan Schulman wrote in his ruling that the request was made pointless by several recent developments, including the approval of a plan to bring younger students, as well as more vulnerable older students, back to classrooms. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Judge denies San Francisco's request to order schools to reopen to all students," 25 Mar. 2021

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Pointless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointless. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pointless

: having no meaning, purpose, or effect


point·​less | \ ˈpȯint-ləs How to pronounce pointless (audio) \

Kids Definition of pointless

: having no meaning or purpose a pointless story pointless attempts

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