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

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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 Though 1917 tries to communicate that nightmarish reality, its long-take trickery ends up feeling similarly pointless. David Sims, The Atlantic, "1917 Is a Visual Feat. That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Movie.," 3 Jan. 2020 Dwarf beans seem pointless; here, in my overstuffed garden, height is key, giving me the maximum number of beans from the tiniest possible soil space. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, "It’s Time to Grow Your Own Beans," 24 Apr. 2020 And the payoff—a few thousand new Instagram followers, maybe?—is too pointless. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Cross-Country Cannonball Speed Records Are Dumb," 9 Apr. 2020 However, many of the characters were lacking in development, making their storylines almost seem pointless. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Kiley Reid’s ‘Such a Fun Age’ Is a Lesson in White Privilege—Without Feeling Like One," 3 Feb. 2020 Spoiler alerts would be pointless since only someone who has never seen a rom-com won't know what’s coming. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Love Wedding Repeat': Film Review," 10 Apr. 2020 For the next four Tuesdays, these are fun but ultimately pointless exercises, made-for-TV programming. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Clemson getting left out of first College Football Playoff top 4 'doesn't matter'," 6 Nov. 2019 That would be a pointless exercise at this stage of a 3-3 season. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "Matt Nagy must make sure the Bears don’t unravel amid mounting frustration: 'Stay off the Twitter’," 22 Oct. 2019 As Van Drew sees it, impeachment is a pointless, divisive exercise that will poison the well of bipartisanship and prevent Congress from taking up more important issues, like prescription drug prices and infrastructure. NBC News, "Democratic Rep. Van Drew opposes impeachment. He'll tell you he's on the 'right side of history'.," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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16 May 2020

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“Pointless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointless. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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