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useful

[yoos-fuhl]
adjective
  1. being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect: a useful member of society.
  2. of practical use, as for doing work; producing material results; supplying common needs: the useful arts; useful work.
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Origin of useful

First recorded in 1585–95; use + -ful
Related formsuse·ful·ly, adverbuse·ful·ness, nounun·use·ful, adjectiveun·use·ful·ly, adverbun·use·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms

Antonyms

1, 2. useless.
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Examples from the Web for unuseful

Historical Examples

  • From railroad to canyon there is not an unuseful mile or hour.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • If in the meantime it deserve the name of no unuseful trifle, 'tis all it is capable of.

    Concord Days

    A. Bronson Alcott

  • Whereupon I pointed the not unuseful moral that what I had said applied to Mademoiselle also.

    A Tatter of Scarlet

    S. R. Crockett

  • He cares not how unuseful anything be, so it be but unuseful and rare.

  • The Boche makes a present to France of only such human wreckage as is unuseful for his purposes.

    Out To Win

    Coningsby Dawson


British Dictionary definitions for unuseful

useful

adjective
  1. able to be used advantageously, beneficially, or for several purposes; helpful or serviceable
  2. informal commendable or capablea useful term's work
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noun
  1. Australian informal an odd-jobman or general factotum
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Derived Formsusefully, adverbusefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unuseful

useful

adj.

1590s, from use (n.) + -full. Related: Usefully; usefulness.

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