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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 of pointless
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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  • This is largely a matter of personal feeling, but Saxo's account seems to me pointless, till it is supplemented from the Saga.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • It touched it with its hand, and it fell harmless and pointless to the ground.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • And yet, without white, my absurd little pictures would be as pointless as the world would be if there were no good people in it.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • "I've made my decision," he said, remembering that anger now was pointless.

    The Most Sentimental Man Evelyn E. Smith
  • This concluding line, pointless as it may appear, partially clears up the mystery as to his being in a corner.

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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Word Origin and History for pointless
adj.

early 14c., "blunt," from point (n.) + -less. Meaning "of no effect, to no purpose" is from 1726. Related: Pointlessly; pointlessness.

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