purposeless

adjective
pur·​pose·​less | \ˈpər-pəs-ləs \

Definition of purposeless 

: having no purpose : aimless, meaningless

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from purposeless

purposelessly adverb
purposelessness noun

Examples of purposeless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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, "Sen. Feinstein, Clean Up Your Mess," 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, "When America imprisoned ‘promiscuous’ women," 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, "The Betrayal of Triste," 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, "A RAGE FOR ORDER," 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, "Hidden Invaders," 29 Mar. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'purposeless.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of purposeless

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about purposeless

Share purposeless

Statistics for purposeless

Last Updated

8 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for purposeless

The first known use of purposeless was circa 1552

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for purposeless

purposeless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of purposeless

: having or seeming to have no purpose or reason

More from Merriam-Webster on purposeless

Nglish: Translation of purposeless for Spanish Speakers

Comments on purposeless

What made you want to look up purposeless? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!