point·​less | \ ˈpȯint-ləs \

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The Italian wine list rotates every two weeks, and the selection has varied so widely it’s pointless to single out any standouts. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "The best dinner-for-two deal in Seattle: a bottle of wine and 2 pasta entrees for $35," 18 Sep. 2018 All thanks to a pointless war that became a bloody mess, a government that failed to see them as anything other than numbers, and an accident of timing. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "This Is Us goes to Vietnam for a poignant, gut-wrenching episode," 21 Oct. 2018 After all, a fine paid by Tesla effectively comes out of the pockets of Tesla shareholders, which is a bit of a pointless exercise. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "“A huge outlier”: Musk’s Tesla buyout tweet could get him in legal trouble," 15 Aug. 2018 The Arizona Cardinals, though, have the ignominy of making the most pointless off-season move. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Here Come the Rookie Quarterbacks. What Took So Long?," 28 Sep. 2018 And, by the absence of powered armor, makes the movie version of Starship Troopers a particularly pointless shooting gallery sort of exercise. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "An artist on creating the retro art for a new edition of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers," 9 Dec. 2018 Melton himself even realizes the hilarity of all these thirst traps: As does Madelaine Petsch, who plays Forever Queen Cheryl Blossom: Her character's also had some pointless thirst moments, like in Pop's during episode one. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Is Riverdale So Thirsty This Season?," 31 Oct. 2018 To outside observers, and even their own lawyers, the battle seems pyrrhic and pointless, like a pair of old Civil War reenactors suiting up for one last scrap (Bill is 74, Sue 68). Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 There’s too much weight and content in the truth, as opposed to the kind of cotton-candy, weightless, pointless destruction, breakup thing that sells tabloids. Harper's BAZAAR, "Julia Roberts and Oprah Get Real About Facing Fears, Living Dreams, and the Magic of Getting Older," 11 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of pointless

: having no meaning or purpose a pointless story pointless attempts

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