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useless

[yoos-lis] /ˈyus lɪs/
adjective
1.
of no use; not serving the purpose or any purpose; unavailing or futile:
It is useless to reason with him.
2.
without useful qualities; of no practical good:
a useless person; a useless gadget.
Origin of useless
1585-1595
1585-95; use + -less
Related forms
uselessly, adverb
uselessness, noun
Synonyms
1. fruitless, profitless, valueless, worthless, inutile. Useless, futile, ineffectual, vain refer to that which is unavailing. That is useless which is unavailing because of the circumstances of the case or some inherent defect: It is useless to cry over spilt milk. Futile suggests wasted effort and complete failure to attain a desired end: All attempts were futile. That which is ineffectual weakly applies energy in an ill-advised way and does not produce a desired effect: an ineffectual effort. That which is vain is fruitless or hopeless even after all possible effort: It is vain to keep on hoping. 2. unserviceable, unusable.
Antonyms
1. effective.
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  • Taters, with his own horse and the now useless led horse, was in attendance.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Almost never did any owner apply for them, for it would be useless to do so.

  • As useless to reject her conclusions as to deny the laws and the principles of mathematics!

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Now Betty knew that she had been seen, and that it was useless to deny the truth.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • He thought it useless, moreover, to remain a longer time in these latitudes.

British Dictionary definitions for useless

useless

/ˈjuːslɪs/
adjective
1.
having no practical use or advantage
2.
(informal) ineffectual, weak, or stupid: he's useless at history
Derived Forms
uselessly, adverb
uselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for useless
adj.

1590s, from use (n.) + -less. Related: Uselessly; uselessness.

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