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 But doctors and nurses quickly realized that in most COVID‑19 cases, CPR was useless—the patients died anyway, skewing the risk-benefit balance for the procedure. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "What the Chaos in Hospitals Is Doing to Doctors," 22 Dec. 2020 The classic right-wing account of monopolies — companies that corner a market and quickly raise prices — is useless here. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The worst argument against breaking up Facebook," 14 Dec. 2020 Auburn’s silly dance has been noisy and all over the internet, but this exercise hasn’t been completely useless. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Auburn football looks desperate in search for coach," 22 Dec. 2020 These animals, such as the Western three-toed skink or Transvaal grass lizard, still have teeny arms or legs, but those are mostly useless. Washington Post, "These lizards lost their legs, but don’t call them snakes," 20 Dec. 2020 On the other hand, the work is no different to other quantum-advantage experiments: take a problem that is mostly useless but happens to map exactly to the architecture of your computer. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum device performs 2.6 billion years of computation in 4 minutes," 7 Dec. 2020 All your cooking skills are pretty useless without a great set of knives. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best Black Friday deals of 2020," 27 Nov. 2020 But Del Rey was actually at a fan meet-and-greet, and people were quick to point out that a mesh mask is basically useless in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Lana Del Rey Finally Spoke Out About That Mesh Mask Controversy," 17 Nov. 2020 Because no one’s sure how long the pandemic will last, labs don’t want to invest too much money in expensive equipment that will be useless in a year or two. Benjamin Mazer, Wired, "The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Useless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/useless. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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useless

adjective
How to pronounce useless (audio)

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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