pur·​pose·​less | \ ˈpər-pəs-ləs How to pronounce purposeless (audio) \

Definition of purposeless

: having no purpose : aimless, meaningless

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Other Words from purposeless

purposelessly adverb
purposelessness noun

Examples of purposeless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These protests are nearly all disingenuous, false and specious, and meant to utilize fear to continue a tragic and purposeless war. Matthew Hoh, CNN, 17 May 2021 In Mazars, Trump may yet be able to convince the lower courts that Congress’s rationale for seeking his financial records is too broad, too partisan, or too purposeless. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 9 July 2020 Well, given the malignant chaos of a purposeless universe, what’s one little false allegation in the scheme of things? USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2020 Failing that, the right thing to do is spare Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Ford an awful, purposeless hearing that cannot be anything but a disgrace to the Senate. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2018 But a social worker, Ida Peck, continued to harass McCall at home, bullying her into receiving more painful, purposeless injections. Julia M. Klein, BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2018 Members sometimes sell marijuana and cocaine, but major cartels have been uninterested in partnering with the gang, because purposeless violence is bad for business. Hannah Dreier, Daily Intelligencer, 2 Apr. 2018 How many of the men and women who are the heroes of Worth’s tales can possibly stand in the face of such purposeless slaughter? Kenneth M. Pollack, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2016 Sydenham is an autoimmune illness characterized by rapid, involuntary, purposeless movements, especially of the face, feet and hands. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of purposeless

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of purposeless was circa 1552

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22 May 2021

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“Purposeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purposeless. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of purposeless

: having or seeming to have no purpose or reason

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