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  1. without meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeless; insignificant: a meaningless reply; a meaningless existence.
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Origin of meaningless

First recorded in 1790–1800; meaning + -less
Related formsmean·ing·less·ly, adverbmean·ing·less·ness, noun
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  • Leilah heard what to her was the meaninglessness of technical terms.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus

  • Bojo attempted to burst in on the stream of meaninglessness and repeated phrases.

    Making Money

    Owen Johnson

  • It was distress of soul which made her wince now and then; it was wrung by the emptiness and meaninglessness of her existence.

    Ditte: Girl Alive!

    Martin Andersen Nexo

  • It was the meaninglessness that seemed to leap out upon me wherever I turned my eyes.

    The Blue Germ

    Martin Swayne

  • This trick of repetition reaches the climax of meaninglessness in "The Ways of the Hour."

    James Fenimore Cooper

    Thomas R. Lounsbury

British Dictionary definitions for meaninglessness


  1. futile or empty of meaning
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Derived Formsmeaninglessly, adverbmeaninglessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for meaninglessness



1730, from meaning + -less. Related: Meaninglessly; meaninglessness.

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