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 the mere documentation of knowledge is useless if it is not distributed and cannot be effectively used by your sales reps in their communications with customers and prospects. Rohan Sampath, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Acquiring gigabytes of data is useless if its quality is poor. Dennis Turpitka, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 According to Hadley, all this guidance on devices and software is useless if the user—in this case, Commander Bond—isn’t capable of adhering to and applying these techniques. Adam Speight, Wired, 29 Sep. 2021 And while some might be useless, Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and retired New York Police Department detective Michael Alcazar said those tips can be a critical source of leads. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2021 If a supercomputer misses a calculation when doing crucial drug research, that supercomputer is useless. Doug Strickland, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2021 Traffic at this point was in massive gridlock so cars were useless. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 Breakthrough infections aren't evidence the vaccines are useless, as Stock claims. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 While Big Tech censors Rand Paul for saying that cloth masks are useless, the tyrannical engineer Bill Nye demands jail time for climate dissenters. Aron Ravin, National Review, 17 Aug. 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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“Useless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/useless. Accessed 18 Oct. 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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