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ˈpɔɪnt lɪspoint·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pointless, unpointedadjective

    not having a point especially a sharp point

    "my pencils are all pointless"

  2. otiose, pointless, purposeless, senseless, superfluous, wastedadjective

    serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being

    "otiose lines in a play"; "advice is wasted words"; "a pointless remark"; "a life essentially purposeless"; "senseless violence"


  1. pointlessadjective

    Having no point or sharp tip; terminating squarely or in a rounded end.

  2. pointlessadjective

    Having no prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.

  3. pointlessadjective

    Having no purpose; purposeless; unable to effect an aim.

    Since the decision has already been made, further discussion seems pointless.

  4. pointlessadjective

    Without points.

    a pointless topology

  5. Etymology: point + -less

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pointlessadjective

    Blunt ; not sharp; obtuse.

    Etymology: from point.

    Lay that pointless clergy-weapon by,
    And to the laws, your sword of justice, fly. Dryden.


  1. Pointless

    Pointless is a British television quiz show produced by Banijay subsidiary Remarkable Television for the BBC. It is hosted by Alexander Armstrong. In each episode four teams of two contestants attempt to find correct but obscure answers to four rounds of general knowledge questions with the winning team eligible to compete for the show's cash jackpot. All questions used on the show are factual in nature and are asked of a panel of 100 individuals in a pre-conducted public survey. A correct answer scores one point for each survey subject who gave it and the objective is to achieve as low a score as possible. "Pointless" answers are correct responses that were not given by anyone surveyed, score zero points and are the most desirable. Every pointless answer given during the main game increases the jackpot by £250 and the team that reaches the final round has three chances to win it by giving one such answer. Pointless debuted on BBC Two on 24 August 2009. The success of its first three series led the BBC to move it to BBC One from 2011. From late June to mid-July, the programme usually takes a two-week break to make way for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. On occasions when BBC1 carries live broadcasts of major news or sport events, the programme is transferred to BBC2, for example during the pandemic of 2020. As of April 2022 the programme is airing its 27th series and has had peak audience figures of over 7 million viewers. An offshoot of the show entitled Pointless Celebrities was first shown in 2011 and as of April 2022 had reached series 15. The format has been exported internationally. On 8 April 2022, Richard Osman announced that he would step down as co-presenter of the series to focus more on his writing career, although he will still co-present with Armstrong on Pointless Celebrities on a short-term contract before leaving the series fully. Rotating guest-presenters will take his place until a new permanent presenter is found.


  1. pointless

    Pointless is an adjective referring to something that has no purpose, significant meaning, or impact. It holds no value, benefit, or sense in a particular context. Pointless can also indicate that an action will not change or affect the outcome or result of a situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pointlessadjective

    having no point; blunt; wanting keenness; obtuse; as, a pointless sword; a pointless remark

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pointless in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pointless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pointless in a Sentence

  1. James Dobson:

    Gender becomes pointless when government adopts same-sex marriage. It creates a genderless relationship out of a very gender-specific relationship. It says that it doesn’t matter and that two moms or two dads are absolutely equivalent to a mom and a dad. the institution of marriage is fundamental and it must be defended.

  2. Boris Nemtsov:

    Due to the policy of Vladimir Putin, a country with unparalleled potential is sinking, an economy which accumulated untold currency reserves is collapsing, this government wades into a costly, fratricidal war in Ukraine and into pointless confrontation with the West. We all feel the effects of this insane policy.

  3. Boris Johnson:

    Putin is squandering his dwindling resources on this pointless and barbaric war. He is bankrolling his ego at the expense of both the Ukrainian and Russian people, we need to starve the Putin regime of its funding.

  4. Tim Clark:

    Clearly there were process and practices, attitudes - DNA if you like - that needed to be resolved from the top down. It is pointless shuffling the deck.

  5. Naomi Osaka:

    I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but like at the same time, for me, it's kind of like -- I don't want to say pointless, no pun intended, but I'm the type of player that gets motivated by, like, seeing my ranking go up or, like, you know, stuff like that, so I think the intention was really good, but the execution is kind of all over the place.

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    A suffering
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