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

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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Isaak added that the results of the polygraph exam were pointless in the context of the lawsuit given that such evidence is not admissible. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Corfman lawsuit against Roy Moore ‘theatre of the absurd,’ court filing says," 8 July 2019 But while Scaloni has made some very strange decisions, blaming him feels vaguely pointless. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "How Has it Come to This for Argentina?," 22 June 2019 At this point, the litigation over the measure is probably pointless with the measure’s defeat. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "A political disaster: How Measure EE, L.A. schools tax hike, failed so badly," 5 June 2019 That’s not to say Thursday’s signing was pointless. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "What addition of WR Jermaine Kearse means for Detroit Lions offense," 7 June 2019 Spending the resources to build extravagant buildings and lush gardens feels pointless when any random player can come by and wreck your stuff. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 Wellington Wells’ residents are alternately so inhumanly stupid and so inhumanly agile that mastering its simple stealth mechanics and clumsy melee combat feels pointless. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "We Happy Few is a creepy, fascinating game that gets lost in its own ambition," 10 Aug. 2018 Some people believe making the bed each morning is pointless. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s All the Proof I Need That Bed-Makers Are Better at Everything," 8 Apr. 2019 Sorry, England: the USA is right to call football 'soccer' More: No one cares about the pointless World Cup bronze playoff. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Qatar is the World Cup every fan should attend," 13 July 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 How to pronounce pointless (audio) \

Kids Definition of pointless

: having no meaning or purpose a pointless story pointless attempts

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