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useful

[yoos-fuh l] /ˈyus fəl/
adjective
1.
being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect:
a useful member of society.
2.
of practical use, as for doing work; producing material results; supplying common needs:
the useful arts; useful work.
Origin of useful
1585-1595
1585-95; use + -ful
Related forms
usefully, adverb
usefulness, noun
unuseful, adjective
unusefully, adverb
unusefulness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. profitable, efficacious, beneficial.
Antonyms
1, 2. useless.
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  • That pleases me, and I study to be useful to him in every way I can, so as to increase his regard.

  • I strive to be useful to my fellow-creatures, and am happy if I succeed.

  • None of these was a brilliant invention, though each was a useful one.

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • The Word of God might be useful in its way, but only as studied with unfettered thought.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Some of the most useful persons cannot express themselves in institutions.

    The Holy Earth L. H. Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for useful

useful

/ˈjuːsfʊl/
adjective
1.
able to be used advantageously, beneficially, or for several purposes; helpful or serviceable
2.
(informal) commendable or capable: a useful term's work
noun
3.
(Austral, informal) an odd-jobman or general factotum
Derived Forms
usefully, adverb
usefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for useful
adj.

1590s, from use (n.) + -full. Related: Usefully; usefulness.

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