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

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That’s not to say Thursday’s signing was pointless. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "What addition of WR Jermaine Kearse means for Detroit Lions offense," 7 June 2019 Spending the resources to build extravagant buildings and lush gardens feels pointless when any random player can come by and wreck your stuff. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 Wellington Wells’ residents are alternately so inhumanly stupid and so inhumanly agile that mastering its simple stealth mechanics and clumsy melee combat feels pointless. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "We Happy Few is a creepy, fascinating game that gets lost in its own ambition," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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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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More Definitions for pointless

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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