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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Celebrities and the non-famous have abandoned the platform, and the ephemerality that had made the app popular is no longer a unique selling point, rendering Snapchat irrelevant and useless. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "The Last Place Where No One Is Looking: Embracing the End Times of Snapchat," 21 May 2018 This is purely a list of useless but fulfilling stuff, like beading). Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Explores Alone Time After a Break-Up," 11 May 2018 Lectures and symbolic sanctions are worse than useless. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Toothless Gestures Won’t Stop Putin," 19 Mar. 2018 The next category - points against each other - is equally as useless. SI.com, "Conundrum: Explaining How England Can Finish Top of Their WC Group With a Draw Against Belgium," 24 June 2018 Power outages can render everything at least temporarily useless. Diane Cowen, San Antonio Express-News, "Home security is more affordable — and better —than ever," 12 July 2018 Tearing your hair out over one game in baseball – or throwing a party – is a useless enterprise. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 Playing Shakespeare’s Richard III, actor Faran Tahir holds a useless left arm to his side and limps with his left foot turned slightly inward. Joel Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out," 12 July 2018 Drive around the city, and the green line on the screen will start interlacing into useless shapes. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 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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