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pointless

[point-lis] /ˈpɔɪnt lɪs/
adjective
1.
without a point:
a pointless pen.
2.
blunt, as an instrument.
3.
without force, meaning, or relevance:
a pointless remark.
4.
without a point scored, as in a game:
a pointless inning.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English point les. See point, -less
Related forms
pointlessly, adverb
pointlessness, noun
Synonyms
3. meaningless, unproductive, futile, ineffectual.
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Examples for pointless
  • Likewise, the metal shop portions of each show seem to be a bit pointless.
  • It's rather pointless to do a series on nudity, taboo or not, and then have anything blurred.
  • And in any case this sequel provides the same pleasant, pointless mixture of whimsy and kineticism.
  • But this film's real trouble lies in its joyless, pointless execution.
  • It's almost pointless to try to convince people that standardized testing isn't really biased.
  • Yet they recognize that chemistry is important, whereas they think philosophy is somewhere between tedious and pointless.
  • It would have been pointless for me to do that before then.
  • Unless these factors and others are accounted for and adjusted, all pretty pointless.
  • But realistically, people move on all the time, and it's pointless for the department to take it personally.
  • If you don't have a good full time job lined up, it's pointless to talk about leaving.
British Dictionary definitions for pointless

pointless

/ˈpɔɪntlɪs/
adjective
1.
without a point
2.
without meaning, relevance, or force
3.
(sport) without a point scored
Derived Forms
pointlessly, adverb
pointlessness, noun
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