useless

adjective
use·​less | \ ˈyüs-ləs How to pronounce useless (audio) \

Definition of useless

: having or being of no use:
a : ineffectual a useless attempt
b : not able to give service or aid : inept

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Other Words from useless

uselessly adverb
uselessness noun

Examples of useless in a Sentence

The tent is useless in wet conditions. I made a useless attempt at fixing the leak. Drugs are useless in treating the condition.
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Finally, a long-term cash-flow valuation is pretty useless for a company that goes bust in the short term. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "The Case for Buying GE (Yes, Really)," 21 Nov. 2018 Some bad news: Yet another big meta-study adds to the pile of evidence that it’s useless for most people. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Millions of Americans take vitamin D. Most should just stop.," 9 Oct. 2018 Bacteria are evolving resistances to most antibiotics, making these increasingly useless for fighting diseases. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Study Shows Antibiotics Could Be Replaced With Viruses," 11 June 2018 The problem is that manufacturers often prioritize the number of tools included over usability, making most multitools fairly useless for anything except a last resort. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "5 Do-It-All Multitools for Cheap," 11 May 2018 With results like these—one success, 32 failures—many scientists might have dismissed the drug as useless for advanced colon cancer. Greg Kahn, Smithsonian, "Could Immunotherapy Lead the Way to Fighting Cancer?," 22 Mar. 2018 Officials invite inspectors to watch them load this nuclear fuel into reactors and transform it into a form useless for bombs. Jesse Emspak, Scientific American, "Detection of Ghostly Particles Could Unmask Illicit Nuclear Weapons," 1 May 2017 However, this percentage is sort of useless for women: It's based on 2,000 calories a day, which is more than most of us should be eating. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Food Labels," 7 May 2010 The Trouble With Voting Machines Past: In the wake of 2016's election security scares, several states were aghast to find that their machines provided little in the way of a verifiable paper trail, rendering them useless if breached. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of useless

1593, in the meaning defined above

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useless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of useless

: not at all useful : not doing or able to do what is needed : not producing or able to produce the effect you want

useless

adjective
use·​less | \ ˈyüs-ləs How to pronounce useless (audio) \

Kids Definition of useless

: being of or having no use

Other Words from useless

uselessly adverb
uselessness noun

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