hopeless

[hohp-lis]
adjective
1.
providing no hope; beyond optimism or hope; desperate: a hopeless case of cancer.
2.
without hope; despairing: hopeless grief.
3.
impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, etc.: Balancing my budget is hopeless.
4.
not able to learn or act, perform, or work as desired; inadequate for the purpose: As a bridge player, you're hopeless.

Origin:
1560–70; hope + -less

hopelessly, adverb
hopelessness, noun


1. irremediable, remediless, incurable. 2. forlorn, disconsolate, dejected. Hopeless, despairing, despondent, desperate all describe an absence of hope. Hopeless is used of a feeling of futility and passive abandonment of oneself to fate: Hopeless and grim, he still clung to the cliff. Despairing refers to the loss of hope in regard to a particular situation, whether important or trivial; it suggests an intellectual judgment concerning probabilities: despairing of victory; despairing of finding his gloves. Despondent always suggests melancholy and depression; it refers to an emotional state rather than to an intellectual judgment: Despondent over ill health, he killed himself. She became despondent and suspicious. Desperate conveys a suggestion of recklessness resulting from loss of hope: As the time grew shorter, he became desperate. It may also refer to something arising from extreme need or danger: a desperate remedy; a desperate situation. Despairing and despondent may apply only to feelings.
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hopeless (ˈhəʊplɪs)
 
adj
1.  having or offering no hope
2.  impossible to analyse or solve
3.  unable to learn, function, etc
4.  informal without skill or ability
 
'hopelessly
 
adv
 
'hopelessness
 
n

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Example sentences
The failure to distinguish between argumentation and opinion made reasoning
  with this student a hopeless proposition.
Yet promoting human rights in thick-skinned countries is not a hopeless cause.
For her as for many of the refugees, their plight seems overwhelming and
  hopeless.
Throw in the missing ballots, and the situation is hopeless.
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