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


empty, inane, meaningless, senseless


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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The debates aren’t completely pointless, of course. Washington Post, "The debate format is an embarrassment. Here’s how to make it better.," 31 July 2019 The debates aren’t completely pointless, of course. Margaret Sullivan, The Denver Post, "Sullivan: Debate format is an embarrassment. Here’s how to make it better.," 31 July 2019 One idea has gone largely unchallenged, though: that fighting for school desegregation is potentially a career-ending cause for a politician, rendering strong civil-rights leadership pointless, if not outright foolish. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The White Suburbs That Fought Busing Aren’t So White Anymore," 12 July 2019 With little genuine debate on policy happening in Congress, party leaders distract and divide the public by exploiting wedge issues and waging pointless messaging wars. Justin Amash, Twin Cities, "Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving my party," 10 July 2019 The second act in particular sometimes seemed to add one scene after another without a compelling overview; the clapping-and-stomping episode seemed pointless. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 General Electric has been through endless, pointless, contortions. The Economist, "The UTC-Raytheon deal highlights the changing nature of war," 14 June 2019 Isaak added that the results of the polygraph exam were pointless in the context of the lawsuit given that such evidence is not admissible. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Corfman lawsuit against Roy Moore ‘theatre of the absurd,’ court filing says," 8 July 2019 But while Scaloni has made some very strange decisions, blaming him feels vaguely pointless. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "How Has it Come to This for Argentina?," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of pointless

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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