serve no purpose


: to have no particular use or function : to not be useful or helpful in any way
Arguing with him serves no purpose.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Friends serve no purpose other than to silently judge you, gossip about you, and, on occasion, steal your Eve. Craig Thomas, The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2022 The idea of empty calories also perpetuates the misconception that protein and fat from less nutritious foods serve no purpose. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2021 Samsung finally admitted that curved screens are a bad idea and serve no purpose. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 1 Feb. 2023 Contee said identifying the man by name, customarily not done unless criminal charges are filed, would serve no purpose and could harm the investigation. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 The boxes serve no purpose, and yet, 90% of these students don’t throw them away. Adam Coffey, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Concha also argued that conservatives serve no purpose on the show other than providing additional ratings. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2022 Most duplicate genes serve no purpose and are eventually lost. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 Often, the apps in question are nothing more than cheap fakes that serve no purpose other than infecting phones. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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“Serve no purpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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