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Meaning of USELESS

Pronunciation:  'yooslis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not useful; "a curiously unhelpful and useless manual"
  2. [adj]  having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully; "a kitchen full of useless gadgets"; "she is useless in an emergency"

USELESS is a 7 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: cast-off(a), discarded, futile, ineffectual, inutile, junked, otiose, scrap(a), unavailing, unhelpful, unprofitable, unserviceable, unusable, unuseable, waste
 Antonyms: useful, utile
 See Also: ineffective, uneffective



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Use"less\, a.
Having, or being of, no use; unserviceable; producing no good
end; answering no valuable purpose; not advancing the end
proposed; unprofitable; ineffectual; as, a useless garment;
useless pity.

      Not to sit idle with so great a gift Useless, and
      thence ridiculous.                       --Milton.

Syn: Fruitless; ineffectual.

Usage: {Useless}, {Fruitless}, {Ineffectual}. We speak of an
       attempt, effort, etc., as being useless when there are
       in it inherent difficulties which forbid the hope of
       success, as fruitless when it fails, not from any such
       difficulties, but from some unexpected hindrance
       arising to frustrate it; as, the design was rendered
       fruitless by the death of its projector. Ineffectual
       nearly resembles fruitless, but implies a failure of a
       less hopeless character; as, after several ineffectual
       efforts, I at last succeeded.

             Useless are all words Till you have writ
             ``performance'' with your swords. The other is
             for waiving.                      --Beau. & Fl.

             Waiving all searches into antiquity, in relation
             to this controversy, as being either needless or
             fruitless.                        --Waterland.

             Even our blessed Savior's preaching, who spake
             as never man spake, was ineffectual to many.
       -- {Use"less*ly}, adv. -- {Use"less*ness}, n.