Origin of useless
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1. fruitless, profitless, valueless, worthless, inutile. Useless, futile, ineffectual, vain refer to that which is unavailing. That is useless which is unavailing because of the circumstances of the case or some inherent defect: It is useless to cry over spilt milk. Futile suggests wasted effort and complete failure to attain a desired end: All attempts were futile. That which is ineffectual weakly applies energy in an ill-advised way and does not produce a desired effect: an ineffectual effort. That which is vain is fruitless or hopeless even after all possible effort: It is vain to keep on hoping. 2. unserviceable, unusable.
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Examples from the Web for useless
Most people could agree on whether a given configuration of materials is a functioning vehicle or a useless set of parts.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
In another generation, it will be useless, leading visitors straight into a pillar.Silicon Valley Mansions, Swallowed Alive
November 8, 2014
But policies and cheap raw materials are useless if businesses fail to take advantage of them.It’s Always Sunny In England
The Daily Beast
September 17, 2014
“My insurance, even though I finally got it, was useless,” she said.Obamacare Now Pays for Gender Reassignment
Kaiser Health News
August 25, 2014
Khamenei said that negotiations with America had been “useless.”Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Says Talks with the U.S. Are Futile
August 14, 2014
Dark pictures and gloomy forebodings are worse than useless.
Sir, it is a useless piece of furniture to me; I do not understand these things.The Imaginary Invalid
He had no plea for himself; he saw that it would be useless.
I knew how useless it was, and I remembered that he himself had armed me for my protection.
But it was useless to think of this, with even the General suggesting a bodyguard.
- having no practical use or advantage
- informal ineffectual, weak, or stupidhe's useless at history
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Word Origin and History for useless
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