Definition of purposeless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːpəslɪs/


1Done or made with no discernible point or purpose: purposeless vandalism
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  • Insomnia, Nolan's entrance into major studio film-making, was an empty and purposeless work, again, nearly all posturing.
  • It is true that I despise purposeless killing, and regard it as an act of vandalism deserving the severest condemnation.
  • In the past two months I have kicked smoking, hopefully for good, redefined my the meaning of my existence fit a new purposeless endeavour, now I need another distraction.
1.1Having no aim or plan: his purposeless life
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  • With such a meaningless and purposeless outlook on life - no wonder Johnny, given certain background inclinations and pressures, sometimes sees nothing wrong in deciding to shoot his fellow students.
  • This, for those who have embraced his philosophy, and that is most of our contemporaries, makes the world and human life meaningless and purposeless.
  • An alienated and fearful public is the flip side of an isolated and purposeless elite.



Pronunciation: /ˈpəːpəsləsli/
Example sentences
  • Shot in North Korea, it features Western actors running purposelessly through a B-movie story about eugenics.
  • An efficient editor will not allow the volume of its journal go on swelling purposelessly.
  • The discomfort from having to stand so purposelessly on the street corner has them doubly animate in recounting tales and goss.


Pronunciation: /ˈpəːpəsləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Perhaps sensing this, you all of a sudden make a final murderous leap at the throat of macro-level teleology - ‘ultimate purpose’ - as if to justify the purposelessness you see in life.
  • At the homestead butterflies hang languidly from the flowering trees, and float with an air of purposelessness - in striking contrast to their business-like attitude as caterpillars - from tree to tree.
  • Purposefully achieved purposelessness, a thing done for its own mildly mysterious sake - justified in part by the relationship between artist, place and people set up during the process of making.

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