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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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 But Apple doesn’t want Thunderbolt 3’s usefulness to stop there. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iMac Pro review: Working as intended," 16 Feb. 2018 Panthers may have found that in Donte Jackson To be decided in camp Gaulden's usefulness to the Panthers is reliant on his ability to seamlessly transition from position to position in the defensive backfield. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Most exciting position battle at Panthers' 2018 training camp fueled by competition," 11 July 2018 Russia already has inventories of Backfire bombers and Iskander missiles, and combining the two extends the usefulness of the Backfires in a time when very little information is coming out about Russia’s PAK-DA stealth bomber program. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Aging Bomber Could Sling Mach 10 Missiles," 5 July 2018 In order to have confidence, consumers need to see a small group of engaged, early adopters demonstrate the technology’s usefulness and safety, and communicate it to the masses. Eric Ellis, Fortune, "2 Things That Need to Happen for Driverless Cars to Go Mainstream," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of usefulness

1618, in the meaning defined above

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