meaningless

adjective

mean·​ing·​less ˈmē-niŋ-ləs How to pronounce meaningless (audio)
1
: having no meaning
especially : lacking any significance
2
: having no assigned function in a language system
meaninglessly adverb
meaninglessness noun

Examples of meaningless in a Sentence

He felt that his work was meaningless. The movie was filled with meaningless violence.
Recent Examples on the Web But if life is meaningless then why was there not always nothing? Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 4 June 2024 For each individual, that number is likely to vary, which is why the million-dollar mark is virtually meaningless. Jane Thier, Fortune, 29 May 2024 His third and fourth points were the product of a meaningless layup as the final seconds ticked off. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 27 May 2024 The Kremlin has called the move meaningless and has repeatedly denied accusations that its forces have committed atrocities during the invasion of its neighbor. Bart Meijer and Stephanie Van Den Berg, USA TODAY, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for meaningless 

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of meaningless was in 1796

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“Meaningless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meaningless. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

meaningless

adjective
mean·​ing·​less ˈmē-niŋ-ləs How to pronounce meaningless (audio)
1
: having no meaning or significance
meaningless chatter
2
: lacking motive
a meaningless murder
meaninglessly adverb
meaninglessness noun

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