Definition of meaningless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmiːnɪŋləs/


1Having no meaning or significance: the paragraph was a jumble of meaningless words
More example sentences
  • From his own mouth the words are meaningless, and so he pulls up a chair.
  • Despite Sheehan's passion for words, he understands that words by themselves are meaningless.
  • After alteration, formerly understandable Swedish words become meaningless.
unintelligible, incomprehensible, incoherent, illogical, senseless, unmeaning, foolish, silly, absurd, fatuous, ridiculous, nonsensical, idle
1.1Having no purpose or reason: they’d rather live by begging than get a meaningless job rules are meaningless to a child if they do not have a rationale
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  • Somehow the weekly ceremony had seemed hollow and meaningless to her.
  • It is not meaningless to speak of a French decline since the mid-1970s.
  • It's also meaningless to go shopping, if you judge your life this way.



Example sentences
  • If you do not, then more of your pathetic soldiers will die meaninglessly against a force that they can never beat.
  • Mutti's words echoed meaninglessly in my head.
  • He allows plot points and characters to meander around meaninglessly, while avoiding obvious elements like purpose and plausibility.


Pronunciation: /ˈmiːniŋləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • It had begun as an experiment to prove the meaninglessness of best-seller lists, or indeed any standard that equates quantity with quality.
  • He shows us the meaninglessness of contemporary life.
  • The lead character, Chip, struggles desperately to find a way to circumvent the terrible boredom and meaninglessness of existence.

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