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

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

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1, 2. useless. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for useful



able to be used advantageously, beneficially, or for several purposes; helpful or serviceable
informal commendable or capablea useful term's work


Australian informal an odd-jobman or general factotum
Derived Formsusefully, adverbusefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for useful

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

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