Origin of useless
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1. fruitless, profitless, valueless, worthless, inutile. Useless, futile, ineffectual, vain refer to that which is unavailing. That is useless which is unavailing because of the circumstances of the case or some inherent defect: It is useless to cry over spilt milk. Futile suggests wasted effort and complete failure to attain a desired end: All attempts were futile. That which is ineffectual weakly applies energy in an ill-advised way and does not produce a desired effect: an ineffectual effort. That which is vain is fruitless or hopeless even after all possible effort: It is vain to keep on hoping. 2. unserviceable, unusable.
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Examples from the Web for uselessly
It would be hard going, ahead—she must not be uselessly burdened.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
Not half as old as I felt just then; not half as uselessly wise as I knew myself to be.Lord Jim
We cannot go to sea in such weather as this, and get knocked about uselessly.The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton
I cannot uselessly expose the lives of my crew in so hopeless an undertaking.The Three Commanders
Edmondstone tried to protest against this also, but uselessly."Le Monsieur De La Petite Dame"
Frances Hodgson Burnett
- having no practical use or advantage
- informal ineffectual, weak, or stupidhe's useless at history
Word Origin and History for uselessly
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