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 This is a performative and useless move by Dem Leadership. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Gohmert fined $5,000 for walking around metal detector at U.S. House," 5 Feb. 2021 Masks made solely of clear materials like vinyl are next to useless, but a cloth mask with a small window of clear material can be a good option. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, "Mask up! How to choose and maintain the best masks for use against COVID-19," 20 Nov. 2020 Ashley Smith’s family publicly criticized the bill, essentially calling it useless. Sabrina Maddeaux, refinery29.com, "The Ugly Truth About Solitary Confinement In Canada’s Women’s Prisons," 9 Nov. 2020 That kind of false positive renders the tests useless. Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the Fall of the CDC," 16 Oct. 2020 This is a wise move because the characters of Wanda and Vision have been tremendously bland and artistically useless in the MCU up until this show’s advent. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "WandaVision Recap: Use Your Illusion," 15 Jan. 2021 Gold is a pretty but useless metal sold by those preying on the fears of unsophisticated financial minds. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: DIY hedges against inflation," 13 Jan. 2021 This is a performative and useless move by Dem Leadership. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Some Texas Republicans criticize new rule requiring lawmakers to pass through metal detectors to enter U.S. House," 13 Jan. 2021 Bahr said the doses people received Dec. 26 are all but useless. Todd Richmond, ajc, "Prosecutor: Wisconsin pharmacist thought vaccine was unsafe," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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20 Feb 2021

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“Useless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/useless. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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