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 Narayanan and others said such an exercise was ultimately pointless: Ledwich and Zaitsev specifically criticize the reporting of The New York Times about YouTube radicalization. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Does YouTube favor radicalization? From outside YouTube, it’s hard to know," 31 Dec. 2019 The spending spree may even be worse than pointless. The Economist, "Theresa May’s expensive search for a legacy," 22 June 2019 At Herrera, a sleek dress with a big, floppy bow on the bum enticed me enough to try on a backless dress (pointless). Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Tried on 80 Wedding Dresses Before I Found 'The One'," 1 Mar. 2017 Though Rose’s storyline in that film turned out to be pointless, Tran was a revelation as the plucky, starstruck mechanic thrust into the middle of a war between the Resistance and First Order. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Where’s Rose is one of the biggest disappointments of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’," 18 Dec. 2019 Debating with someone whose mind is set is pointless, so don't waste your time. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 13, 2019: Happy birthday Steve Buscemi; Scorpio, watch what you say," 13 Dec. 2019 Analysts note that if countries are already not complying with the current agreement, agreeing in principle could be pointless. Washington Post, "OPEC countries, Russia to cut oil output, pushing up prices," 6 Dec. 2019 Analysts note that if countries are already not complying with the current agreement, voting for more cuts could be pointless. Arkansas Online, "OPEC debates deeper production cuts to push up oil price," 5 Dec. 2019 One officer says prison is pointless if inmates can smuggle phones inside and continue plotting their activities. The Economist, "How to rehabilitate a terrorist," 4 Dec. 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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11 Jan 2020

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“Pointless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=pointl01. Accessed 18 January 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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