use·​ful·​ness | \ ˈyüs-fəl-nəs How to pronounce usefulness (audio) \

Definition of usefulness

: the quality of having utility and especially practical worth or applicability

Examples of usefulness in a Sentence

the well-known usefulness of thick phone books as seat boosters for short diners
Recent Examples on the Web But as much as this final episode centers on the question of regret, the usefulness of that question is undermined by the way that this story has always been permeated by inevitability. Kat Rosenfield,, 16 Aug. 2022 The eventual development of computing machines, first mechanical, then digital, further boosted the usefulness of algorithms that describe complicated processes. Timothy Farrington, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 But the usefulness of these tests was highlighted anew Saturday when Biden, who had taken the antiviral during his illness, tested positive again and returned to isolation in the White House residence. Lena H. Sun, Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2022 The metaphorical complexity and sensitivity of mirrors and mirror imagery provides endless ways to use the mirror’s usefulness as a reflection that hides deeper truths. Sonya Rehman, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 Eventually, however, Joe outlives his usefulness, so the mob sends someone back in time to take him out. Will Harris,, 9 June 2022 Explanations of proprietary scores show their usefulness much better as well. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 30 Apr. 2022 In-person visits are again the norm, but telehealth has shown its usefulness and gained broader acceptance. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Apr. 2022 Which would make the robot’s usefulness outdoors unlikely. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 27 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of usefulness

1618, in the meaning defined above

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18 Aug 2022

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“Usefulness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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