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pointless

[point-lis]
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adjective
  1. without a point: a pointless pen.
  2. blunt, as an instrument.
  3. without force, meaning, or relevance: a pointless remark.
  4. without a point scored, as in a game: a pointless inning.
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Origin of pointless

First recorded in 1300–50, pointless is from the Middle English word point les. See point, -less
Related formspoint·less·ly, adverbpoint·less·ness, noun

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3. meaningless, unproductive, futile, ineffectual.
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  • It touched it with its hand, and it fell harmless and pointless to the ground.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • "I've made my decision," he said, remembering that anger now was pointless.

  • She recognised its pointless gentleness always the same no matter what he had to say.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • She recognized its pointless gentleness always the same no matter what he had to say.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • But to turn the platform on its side and let the wind spin the propellers was pointless.

    Wind

    Charles Louis Fontenay


British Dictionary definitions for pointless

pointless

adjective
  1. without a point
  2. without meaning, relevance, or force
  3. sport without a point scored
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Derived Formspointlessly, adverbpointlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pointless

adj.

early 14c., "blunt," from point (n.) + -less. Meaning "of no effect, to no purpose" is from 1726. Related: Pointlessly; pointlessness.

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