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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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  • He served to the close of the war with credit to himself and usefulness to his country.

  • Therefore my reluctance to be driven from my place of usefulness.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • His kind disposition and good-nature have given him many friends, but love of money and appearances have crippled his usefulness.

  • In this way he might continue his usefulness, and would not be interfered with.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • The princess being assured of the usefulness of this operation, caused her own children to be inoculated.

British Dictionary definitions for usefulness

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 usefulness

useful

adj.

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

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