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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
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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  • It's something that's not typically thought of outside of its usefulness as a toy.
  • The past, having outlived its usefulness, had been carpentered into the future.
  • Her virtue had dwelt in hardness, and she had poured forth her unstinted usefulness with a bitter smile upon her lips.
  • In doing this they are supported by a sense of duty and the respect paid to usefulness.
  • Granting even that a considerable proportion of the third unheard from are unsuccessful, this is a record of usefulness.
  • Its usefulness or fruitfulness can neither add to nor take away anything from this value.
  • Nature and religion are the bands of friendship, excellence and usefulness are its great endearments.
  • The usefulness of allegory and astronomy is obvious.
  • Our usefulness consists in replacing the unconscious by the conscious, in translating the unconscious into the conscious.
  • It may be that they simply discover their usefulness by accident.
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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