Definition of useless in English:

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useless

Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞osləs/

adjective

1Not fulfilling or not expected to achieve the intended purpose or desired outcome: a piece of useless knowledge we tried to pacify him, but it was useless
More example sentences
  • Anything that's not functioning in accordance with its purpose is useless.
  • Once the documents were released and proved to be useless for that purpose, the issue was dropped.
  • I wrote a while ago that there is no such thing as useless knowledge.
Synonyms
futile, to no avail, (in) vain, pointless, to no purpose, unavailing, hopeless, ineffectual, ineffective, to no effect, fruitless, unprofitable, profitless, unproductive
archaic bootless
1.1 informal Having no ability or skill in a specified activity or area: he was useless at football
More example sentences
  • At school she shone at English, but was pretty useless at everything else - her words, not mine.
  • Except I'm useless with mobile phones - I can never remember to charge them up.
  • I am, quite seriously, one of the most fiscally useless people you'll ever meet.
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Derivatives

uselessly

Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞osləslē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • So instead I am alternating between gazing uselessly out of the window and staring blankly at this screen trying to string a few sentences together!
  • A plea has been made on behalf of the Augustinian Missions for any old Irish notes or coins which may be lying around the house uselessly.
  • Out in the street, stalled taxis blast their horns uselessly.

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Syllabification: use·less

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