being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect: a useful member of society. of practical use, as for doing work; producing material results; supplying common needs: the useful arts; useful work.
Origin of useful
Related formsuse·ful·ly, adverbuse·ful·ness, nounun·use·ful, adjectiveun·use·ful·ly, adverbun·use·ful·ness, noun
First recorded in 1585–95; use
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Examples from the Web for unuseful
Historical Examples of unuseful
From railroad to canyon there is not an unuseful mile or hour.
If in the meantime it deserve the name of no unuseful trifle, 'tis all it is capable of.
Whereupon I pointed the not unuseful moral that what I had said applied to Mademoiselle also.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for unuseful
able to be used advantageously, beneficially, or for several purposes; helpful or serviceable
informal commendable or capablea useful term's work
Derived Formsusefully, adverbusefulness, noun
Australian informal an odd-jobman or general factotum
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Word Origin and History for unuseful
1590s, from use (n.) + -full. Related: Usefully; usefulness.
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