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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Indeed, without such a registry, the system is rendered useless because there is no way for the government to prove whether a transaction has been made in compliance with the law or outside of it. The Editors, National Review, "Against Universal Background Checks," 9 Aug. 2019 The widespread adoption of education technology, which generates data that officials say can make schools more of a target for hackers, also worsens an attack’s effects when instructional tools are rendered useless by internet outages. Michael Melia, The Denver Post, "Cyberattacks inflict deep harm at technology-rich schools," 4 Aug. 2019 The widespread adoption of education technology, which generates data that officials say can make schools more of a target for hackers, also worsens an attack’s effects when instructional tools are rendered useless by internet outages. Washington Post, "Cyberattacks inflict deep harm at technology-rich schools," 16 July 2019 The widespread adoption of education technology, which generates data that officials say can make schools more of a target for hackers, also worsens an attack's effects when instructional tools are rendered useless by internet outages. Michael Melia, courant.com, "Avon among the growing number of technology-rich school systems across the country targeted by cyberattacks," 16 July 2019 And dust and grit could get underneath the keys, rendering them useless. David Goldman, CNN, "Apple may have found a fix for the MacBook keyboards everyone hates," 5 July 2019 Thanks to the poor civic planning and inefficient drainage systems, several transport networks across the financial capital have been rendered useless again this year. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "In photos: India’s financial capital sinks again at the first sign of rains," 2 July 2019 The Trump administration eliminated enforcement of the penalty for the individual mandate, effectively rendering it useless. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "How Trump is doing on his campaign promises as he launches his reelection bid," 18 June 2019 Not until June 27 did American troops seize the deepwater port of Cherbourg, which German demolition teams rendered useless until later that year. National Geographic, "'Top Secret' maps reveal the massive Allied effort behind D-Day," 3 June 2019

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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 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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