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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Horsepower is useless if wheels are slipping, so Audi fits the SQ7 (and the rest of its lineup) with its quattro permanent all-wheel drive system that automatically distributes power precisely where it is needed. Michael Harley, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Often, in drug development, Dr. Friedman says, the drug dose has to be fine tuned — too much is dangerous and too little is useless. New York Times, 17 May 2022 But without love, faith and hope would almost be useless. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 2 May 2022 As premium rates continue to rise, so have sophisticated strategies developed by carriers to deny claims and render policies useless in the wake of significant damage due to increasing inclement weather as well as higher reinsurance rates. Kevin Jean, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Did Jonah shoot the goat cookie jar, simultaneously spilling the remains of his beloved uncle and rendering Sattem's smoking gun useless? Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 4 May 2022 Do not use pure water; freezing temperatures will cause the water in the reservoir to turn to ice, rendering your wipers useless. Gary Witzenburg, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2022 Other largely rural states were concerned that a lack of cell service coverage would render the systems useless. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2021 There’s also iSIM support that would render physical SIMs useless. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of useless

1593, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Useless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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