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

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 Appealing to these CEOs’ better angels is pointless. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 In the complaint submitted to the commission, Skeete reported that recruits are subjected to pointless lunch inspections that often cut their 30-minute lunch break in half. Hyeyoon Alyssa Choi, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 All other expectations have become pointless in this time. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 3 May 2022 And, indeed, most of us have taken part in scores of pointless meetings, where the same talking points and analyses are rehashed time and again. Gregory Milano, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Of mostly pointless legislation to interfere with the educational process. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 That's not a pointless shock value twist like forcing people to fight to win a brutally physical challenge in which the losers actually came out on top. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 14 Apr. 2022 Now underway, the migration causes concern to drivers who try to swerve in an often pointless attempt not to kill the crustaceans. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 As the watchmen make their pointless rounds and develop a friendship, the residents share their own views on what may have happened on the banks of the river. Trinidad Barleycorn, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Pointless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointless. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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