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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Recent Examples on the Web Revisionist history is useless, because for every what-if for Auburn, its opponents can point to any handful of plays that could have gone the other way, too. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "The 10 plays that defined Auburn’s 2019 season," 12 Jan. 2020 These caricatures are useless in explaining any individual’s passions and priorities. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Climate Change Is the Ultimate “OK, Boomer” Issue," 9 Dec. 2019 Bannon also claimed that saving accounts are useless because interest rates have bottomed out and that the pension fund system is destroyed because of the government's monetary policies after the 2008 financial crisis. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'We live in neo-feudalism': Bannon blasts Washington for ‘bailing out the people who are guilty’," 16 Jan. 2020 Putin unveiled the Avangard among other prospective weapons systems in his state-of-the-nation address in March 2018, noting that its ability to make sharp maneuvers on its way to a target will render missile defense useless. Washington Post, "Russia commissions intercontinental hypersonic weapon," 27 Dec. 2019 Putin unveiled the Avangard among other prospective weapons systems in his state-of-the-nation address in March 2018, noting that its ability to make sharp manoeuvre on its way to a target will render missile defence useless. NBC News, "Russia commissions intercontinental hypersonic weapon," 27 Dec. 2019 Instead, an early deficit rendered Lindsay practically useless. Tony Holm, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football sizzlers, fizzlers: Kenyan Drake displays big finishing kick," 16 Dec. 2019 Electronic voting machines would be useless without electricity, shutting down polling stations. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "How electric vehicles could be used to hack the 2020 election," 11 Dec. 2019 The button was meant to inspire more passing, but Power said that allowing drivers to use the temporary boost to defend their position renders the weapon useless. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Will Power loves driving at Road America but thinks racing could improve," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of useless

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of useless was in 1593

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16 Feb 2020

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“Useless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/useless. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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useless

adjective
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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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