pointless

adjective

point·​less ˈpȯint-ləs How to pronounce pointless (audio)
1
: devoid of meaning : senseless
a pointless remark
2
: devoid of effectiveness : flat
pointless attempts to be funny
pointlessly adverb
pointlessness noun

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 Hitler is so fully imagined a subject—so obsessively present on our televisions and in our bookstores—that to reimagine him seems pointless. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 In the weeks and months after that costly, pointless election, lawmakers in Sacramento considered ways to overhaul the recall process, which has aged poorly since its conception more than a century ago. Mark Z. Barabak, The Mercury News, 3 Mar. 2024 Checking the weather forecast was pointless: rain could appear — or disappear — at any moment. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 23 Mar. 2024 This omission is understandable: such efforts seem pointless as long as Chinese leaders are unwilling to subscribe to any stable status quo that constrains their ambitions. Michael J. Mazarr, Foreign Affairs, 9 Feb. 2024 Here’s what this week’s Apple developments mean for you: The pointless brawl over the Apple Watch Masimo, a medical technology company, has been saying for years that the Apple Watch ripped off Masimo’s technology to measure blood-oxygen levels. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 My brother, for example, likes to play pointless jokes on cashiers and restaurant staff. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 If Peacock really wanted to get some Emmys, maybe a pointless second season of Apples Never Fall should be announced right now? Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 Mar. 2024 Motorola’s recent budget phones have been held back by lackluster designs, pointless extra cameras, and underwhelming feature sets. Allison Johnson, The Verge, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Pointless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointless. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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pointless

adjective
point·​less ˈpȯint-ləs How to pronounce pointless (audio)
1
: lacking meaning : senseless
a pointless remark
2
: ineffective sense 1
pointless attempts to be funny
pointlessly adverb
pointlessness noun

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