[ yoos-fuhl ]
/ ˈyus fəl /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM useful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for usefulness

/ (ˈjuːsfʊl) /


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 forms of useful

usefully, adverbusefulness, noun
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