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purposeless

[pur-puh s-lis] /ˈpɜr pəs lɪs/
adjective
1.
having no purpose or apparent meaning.
2.
having no aim or goal; aimless:
to lead a purposeless existence.
Origin of purposeless
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; purpose + -less
Related forms
purposelessly, adverb
purposelessness, noun
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  • It is possible for action to be at once intentional and purposeless.

  • And he thought of his own condition—very hopeless and purposeless as it was.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • To take to the mountains would have been a purposeless folly.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • It seems to be a habit of Munich trains to start off in this purposeless way.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • He went as slowly as we, with an indescribable, purposeless gait.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • In the monotony of a purposeless existence, most humans do no more than that.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • Our dip into the early history of South Africa is not purposeless.

British Dictionary definitions for purposeless

purposeless

/ˈpɜːpəslɪs/
adjective
1.
having no fixed plan or intention
Derived Forms
purposelessly, adverb
purposelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for purposeless
adj.

1550s, from purpose (n.) + -less. Related: Purposelessly; purposelessness.

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