useless

adjective
use·​less | \ ˈyüs-ləs \

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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But lifelogging produced reams of mostly useless footage, and Glass was maligned as invasive and creepy. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life," 12 Dec. 2018 As Valve ramped up the number of releases though, the Upcoming list became increasingly useless. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Steam’s useless 'Upcoming Releases' list embraces algorithms to become less useless," 12 July 2018 The High Costs of Fighting Disease Working to give people a heads-up when diseases break out is useless without resources to deal with the situation. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 The kids were able to wipe the memory cards from a recreation of state voting machine interfaces (within five seconds) and either replace a voter’s ballot altogether or overload the system with fake voters to render a real voter’s ballot useless. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "An 11-year-old hacked a replica of Florida’s voting system in 10 minutes," 13 Aug. 2018 Liverpool's rampaging front three will hope to render Real Madrid's defence useless with a combination of relentless pace, aggression and pressure. SI.com, "Why Liverpool's Champions League Final Squad Is Capable of Making it Number 6 in Kiev," 24 May 2018 Kennedy, who recorded a quality start in his third straight outing, had rendered Ohtani useless. Maria Torres, kansascity, "With Shohei Ohtani in town, Royals' altered lineup proves useless in loss to Angels | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018 And an Easter Sunday tweet in which Trump threatened to pull out of NAFTA unless Mexico doesn’t build his useless wall likely did not help matters. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Pro-Business President is Driving Wall Street Into A Ditch," 2 Apr. 2018 The fascinating mystery of Troom Troom Troom Troom’s essential weirdness doesn’t just come from its how-tos being absurdly useless. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "YouTube is full of cringey, clickbait DIY channels. They’re even weirder than you think.," 12 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 \

Kids Definition of useless

: being of or having no use

Other Words from useless

uselessly adverb
uselessness noun

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