Origin of useful
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1, 2. profitable, efficacious, beneficial.
1, 2. useless.
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Ten years earlier, when he had first started thinking about making this film, he had made such a trip and found it useful.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Claiming to be useful against Ebola, autism, and cancer, Young Living Essential Oils came under fire from the FDA.Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils
December 5, 2014
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November 29, 2014
The Nile was directly responsible for this useful development.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Otherwise, he would not have cared to go on destroying life for no useful end.Brave and Bold
I feel my independence, and I have been told that I am useful to my fellow-creatures.
I strive to be useful to my fellow-creatures, and am happy if I succeed.
The Word of God might be useful in its way, but only as studied with unfettered thought.Life in London
- able to be used advantageously, beneficially, or for several purposes; helpful or serviceable
- informal commendable or capablea useful term's work
- Australian informal an odd-jobman or general factotum
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Word Origin and History for useful
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