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 Pushing into 60 days of social distancing, many of us have realized that a person can take only so many walks around the block or watch only so many hours of Netflix before life begins to seem rather pointless. Dallas News, "Disagreements about how we move forward in a pandemic add conflict to concern," 14 May 2020 Besides, Whitmer's policies (including a pointless and swiftly retracted ban on the sale of paint and garden gnomes) have made her a divisive figure in Michigan. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "1 of these 7 women will likely be Joe Biden's running mate," 12 May 2020 The story of a 1917 flu pandemic may well go down as a Trump classic, a pointless and unnecessary screwup that is also very telling about the President. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Trump and the 1917 Pandemic That Wasn’t," 30 Apr. 2020 If no one is getting unmasked tonight then its pointless to watch. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Fans Are Fuming and Questioning the Format of Tonight’s New Episode," 15 Apr. 2020 Ramil Gaisin's missed penalty just before the hour mark meant the Bears remained pointless in Kobe and head into their final game against Scotland with only pride to play for. George Ramsay, CNN, "Ireland bounces back from shock defeat by Japan with win over Russia," 3 Oct. 2019 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

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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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30 May 2020

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“Pointless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointless. Accessed 31 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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