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meaningless

[mee-ning-lis] /ˈmi nɪŋ lɪs/
adjective
1.
without meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeless; insignificant:
a meaningless reply; a meaningless existence.
Origin of meaningless
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; meaning + -less
Related forms
meaninglessly, adverb
meaninglessness, noun
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  • I need not tell you that to me reformations in morals are as meaningless and vulgar as Reformations in theology.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • The metaphor might be meaningless; but it struck him it was strong.

  • The sobriquet had hitherto been a mere shadow, a meaningless thing, to me.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • The figures of the Light-year dials were meaningless to his comprehension.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • He had no mind to spend the day at her fireside in pleasant, meaningless talk.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for meaningless

meaningless

/ˈmiːnɪŋlɪs/
adjective
1.
futile or empty of meaning
Derived Forms
meaninglessly, adverb
meaninglessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for meaningless
adj.

1730, from meaning + -less. Related: Meaninglessly; meaninglessness.

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