impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, etc.: Balancing my budget is hopeless.
not able to perform, work, learn, or act as desired; inadequate for the purpose: As a poker player, you're hopeless.
- hope·less·ly, adverb
- hope·less·ness, noun
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How to use hopeless in a sentence
When you’re under stress and feel hopeless, it’s more likely that these conflicts spiral into violence.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs? | by Alec MacGillis | September 3, 2020 | ProPublica
Helpless, hopeless, despondent, all sorts of sad emotions in the English language that you can think of.Podcast: How a 135-year-old law lets India shutdown the internet | Anthony Green | September 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
While it may feel hopeless to see all of this unfold, just remember that you can still take responsibility in securing the health of yourself and the people you love.The CDC’s new COVID-19 testing guidelines could make the pandemic worse | Sara Kiley Watson | August 27, 2020 | Popular-Science
Nothing formally came of it, but one of the men, the pro-democracy economist Fouad Abdelmoumni, says his friends high up at the agency told him the letter was hopeless and urged him to drop the matter.
Despite the result of this vote, the situation is not entirely hopeless in “Europe’s last dictatorship”.Belarus Election: Contested Result Sparks Massive Unrest As Europe’s ‘Last Dictator’ Claims Victory | LGBTQ-Editor | August 12, 2020 | No Straight News
Society itself must be changed, right out from under our hopeless cases.
These formations streamed from Rwanda with the same hopeless shuffle as they did from Bosnia and now as they do from Syria.
Inside, it seemed hopeless, for every chair in sight was occupied, and a dozen men were asleep on the floor.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire | H.L. Mencken | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Anyone who takes pot shots at a lovely wading bird is a hopeless defective, in my view, an evolutionary mistake.
The Economist cover in 2000 dubbed it “The hopeless Continent,” with a photo of a grinning, heavily armed soldier.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It) | Todd Moss | September 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The conflict of these certainties left hopeless disorder in every corner of his being.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
As the hopeless wish passed through his soul, the iron entered with it, but did not pass away.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
His attitude was one of hopeless resignation as he looked toward a distant bird winging its flight away from him.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
The Austrian parlementaire pointed out that it was hopeless to continue the struggle as he had neither provisions nor ammunition.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It was not a condition of life which fitted her, and she could see in it but an appalling and hopeless ennui.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for hopeless
having or offering no hope
impossible to analyse or solve
unable to learn, function, etc
informal without skill or ability
- hopelessly, adverb
- hopelessness, noun
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