pointless

adjective
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

Synonyms

empty, inane, meaningless, senseless

Antonyms

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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The third-place match at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for FIFA to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "England, Belgium face off again, this time with 3rd place at stake," 13 July 2018 Apart from open defiance, the second-best way to resist Chicagoans' pointless prohibition of ketchup on a hot dog is with mockery. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoland / Food & Drink / Food Chain Troll the Chicago hot dog fascists with this T-shirt," 25 June 2018 But there are none of the gratuitous jump scares or pointless fakeouts that have reduced mainstream horror cinema to so much self-defeating gimickry. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Hereditary' is a new horror classic, and a triumph for Toni Collette," 7 June 2018 Please join me in celebrating this exciting new adventure in pointless administrative precision and futile institutional control! Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "Adrian Piper’s art plays with identity and confronts defensiveness.," 30 May 2018 My whole year, my entire endeavor, rendered pointless. Elisa Albert, Longreads, "Etta or Bessie or Dora or Rose," 24 May 2018 With that possibility looming in the distance, Scalise’s political machinations—which have reportedly unnerved McCarthy supporters—seem potentially pointless to G.O.P. operatives, who would have preferred a new Speaker sooner rather than later. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "The GOP battle for the speakership intensifies," 7 Sep. 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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pointless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pointless

: having no meaning, purpose, or effect

pointless

adjective
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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