useless

[yoos-lis]

adjective

of no use; not serving the purpose or any purpose; unavailing or futile: It is useless to reason with him.
without useful qualities; of no practical good: a useless person; a useless gadget.

Origin of useless

First recorded in 1585–95; use + -less
Related formsuse·less·ly, adverbuse·less·ness, noun

Synonyms for useless

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.

Antonyms for useless

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Related Words for uselessly

unsuccessfully, futilely, optionally, ineffectually

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British Dictionary definitions for uselessly

useless

adjective

having no practical use or advantage
informal ineffectual, weak, or stupidhe's useless at history
Derived Formsuselessly, adverbuselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uselessly

useless

adj.

1590s, from use (n.) + -less. Related: Uselessly; uselessness.

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