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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Confidential informants and other intelligence efforts that traditionally have worked against terrorist organizations are useless against this person, whose methods and motivations are typically known only to himself. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas’ ‘lone wolf’ shooting shows how we’re always in danger, even with improved security," 22 June 2019 That’s a possible step toward predicting what insecticides would be useless for fighting certain populations, as well as a potential lead for coming up with new chemical weapons against the insect. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes," 3 Apr. 2019 Online reviews from people who have purchased the Cal-Flor kits say the materials work well, but many report that the color charts are virtually useless except as a place to start. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Cracked kitchen tiles? Try a patch.," 10 June 2019 If quantum field theory cannot predict particle behaviors based on prior experimental observations, that is, by physical measurements of quantum objects in motion, then field theory is useless as a tool, it was said. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Waiting for the Revolution," 24 May 2013 In a media interview the day before AMD’s dedicated E3 event, Intel basically said using content creation benchmarks such as Cinebench is useless to determine gaming performance. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel challenges AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs to take the Core i9-9900K's real-world gaming crown," 10 June 2019 Finally, a long-term cash-flow valuation is pretty useless for a company that goes bust in the short term. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "The Case for Buying GE (Yes, Really)," 21 Nov. 2018 Some bad news: Yet another big meta-study adds to the pile of evidence that it’s useless for most people. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Millions of Americans take vitamin D. Most should just stop.," 9 Oct. 2018 Bacteria are evolving resistances to most antibiotics, making these increasingly useless for fighting diseases. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Study Shows Antibiotics Could Be Replaced With Viruses," 11 June 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 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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