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meaningless

[mee-ning-lis] /ˈmi nɪŋ lɪs/
adjective
1.
without meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeless; insignificant:
a meaningless reply; a meaningless existence.
Origin of meaningless
1790-1800
1790-1800; meaning + -less
Related forms
meaninglessly, adverb
meaninglessness, noun
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  • Page 47—Ikuta means the living field, or field of life, and as she is about to die the name is meaningless to her.

    Plays of Old Japan Marie C. Stopes
  • The sobriquet had hitherto been a mere shadow, a meaningless thing, to me.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • The consequences they forecast follow only from a distorted, and often meaningless, use of the terms employed.

  • The figures of the Light-year dials were meaningless to his comprehension.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • A writer on the subject of slang has given us two good examples of meaningless and expressive slang.

    Stories That Words Tell Us Elizabeth O'Neill
British Dictionary definitions for meaningless

meaningless

/ˈmiːnɪŋlɪs/
adjective
1.
futile or empty of meaning
Derived Forms
meaninglessly, adverb
meaninglessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for meaningless
adj.

1730, from meaning + -less. Related: Meaninglessly; meaninglessness.

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