usefulness

noun
use·​ful·​ness | \ˈyüs-fəl-nəs \

Definition of usefulness 

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

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Examples of usefulness in a Sentence

the well-known usefulness of thick phone books as seat boosters for short diners

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Restricting access to data would limit Facebook’s usefulness to developers and could drive them to build on a rival platform instead, making those products better. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "How Facebook’s Data Sharing Went From Feature to Bug," 19 Mar. 2018 Once the gravitational center of the high school day, lockers long ago lost their allure, and their usefulness seems a relic of an epoch of education that has slipped away. Author: Joe Heim, Anchorage Daily News, "Schools and lockers are no longer right combination for students," 25 Jan. 2018 Once the gravitational center of the high school day, lockers long ago lost their allure, and their usefulness seems a relic of an epoch of education that has slipped away. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Schools and lockers: No longer the right combination," 24 Jan. 2018 The usefulness of foreign-currency reserves for emerging-market governments has been debated for decades. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Argentina’s Warning: Currency Reserves Aren’t Everything," 10 May 2018 My opinion is that Ultra-Ever Dry is of limited personal usefulness. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 In this era of hyper-usefulness, what seems rarest and most valuable online are spaces that offer, however illusorily, a return to this original uselessness. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "The Last Place Where No One Is Looking: Embracing the End Times of Snapchat," 21 May 2018 Next, look for items that have outgrown their usefulness or are no longer age appropriate. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Holiday clutter: A plan for clearing out your house before the gifts arrive," 11 Dec. 2017 In this era of hyper-usefulness, what seems rarest and most valuable online are spaces that offer, however illusorily, a return to this original uselessness. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "The Last Place Where No One Is Looking: Embracing the End Times of Snapchat," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of usefulness

1618, in the meaning defined above

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