use·​ful·​ness ˈyüs-fəl-nəs How to pronounce usefulness (audio)
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of usefulness was in 1618

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“Usefulness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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