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 But all of that will be pointless without a convincing win against Canada tonight in Florida. Tim Brown, oregonlive, "USMNT vs Canada soccer: Live updates, score, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online (CONCACAF Nations League)," 15 Nov. 2019 But meaningful votes are, at this point, pointless. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 24 Oct. 2019 Tampa Bay’s top line of Kucherov (six), Steven Stamkos (seven) and Brayden Point (one) combined for 14 shots but were pointless. Mark Didtler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jost, Francouz help Avalanche beat Lightning 6-2," 19 Oct. 2019 Either way, the fact that Facebook used the argument in an attempt to lower a potential fine was pointless, said Georgetown’s Vladeck. Fortune, "Facebook’s $5 Billion Privacy Settlement Argued Consumers Weren’t Harmed. Experts Think the Damage Was Incalculable," 1 Oct. 2019 Ms Harris tried to goad her into a pointless and petty debate over whether Twitter should suspend Mr Trump’s account; Ms Warren brushed her off without breaking stride. J.f., The Economist, "Democratic candidates get the knives out for Elizabeth Warren," 16 Oct. 2019 More Stories Social media put award shows into ongoing crisis years ago, and the VMAs—once a reliable source of zany scandals and career-crowning moments—have been especially snoozy and pointless lately. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The VMAs Were the End of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 At the peak of testing mania in the 2014-2015 school year, the average U.S. student was taking 112 standardized tests in the course of a K-12 education, many of which were redundant or pointless. Andrea Gabor, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Testing craze is fading in U.S. schools. Good. Here’s What’s Next.," 16 Aug. 2019 The problem: scouring the football world is utterly pointless since all the best players are in La Masia, or Barça's first-team already and the club is already the epitome of sporting excellence. SI.com, "5 of the Dullest Jobs in Football After Costa Rica Boss Cites 'Boredom' for Departure," 8 Sep. 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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29 Nov 2019

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“Pointless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointlessness. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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