What does useful mean?

Definitions for useful
ˈyus fəluse·ful

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word useful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. useful, utileadjective

    being of use or service

    "the girl felt motherly and useful"; "a useful job"; "a useful member of society"

  2. utilitarian, usefuladjective

    having a useful function

    "utilitarian steel tables"

Wiktionary

  1. usefuladjective

    Having a practical or beneficial use.

    This tool is very useful. It makes doing this task a lot easier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Usefuladjective

    Convenient; profitable to any end; conducive or helpful to any purpose.

    Etymology: use and full.

    Providence would only enter mankind into the useful knowledge of her treasures, leaving the rest to employ our industry. Henry More, Antidote.

    Gold and silver being little useful to the life of man, in proportion to food, raiment, and carriage, has its value only from the consent of men. John Locke.

    That the legislature should have power to change the succession, is very useful towards preserving our religion and liberty. Jonathan Swift.

    Deliver a particular account of the great and useful things already performed. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Usefuladjective

    full of use, advantage, or profit; producing, or having power to produce, good; serviceable for any end or object; helpful toward advancing any purpose; beneficial; profitable; advantageous; as, vessels and instruments useful in a family; books useful for improvement; useful knowledge; useful arts

Editors Contribution

  1. useful

    To have a logical use.

    The governmental policies were useful, open and transparent.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'useful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1002

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'useful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1251

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'useful' in Adjectives Frequency: #118

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of useful in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of useful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of useful in a Sentence

  1. Schopenhauer:

    The mother of the useful arts is necessity, that of the fine arts is luxury; for father the former have intellect, the latter, genius, which itself is a kind of luxury.

  2. Louise Rollins-Smith:

    As an amphibian biologist concerned about the loss of amphibian species around the globe, it is important to note that they may hold important secrets useful for human medicine and they should be preserved.

  3. Willie Delwiche:

    A 20% drop is somewhat arbitrary. It's useful for bucketing things so that historians can go back and label environments. But it's not really useful in the here and now.

  4. Edward Ishengoma:

    People can also use these solar generators for their economic activities since they contain power outlets that can be connected to simple machines such as water pumps and welding, we hope that they will find them useful and improve their life.

  5. Anne Teather:

    There isnt one answer here, and probably there are several possible explanations, we have suggested that the different-size drums all give 10 long feet, but a different subdivision of that measure, so they may have been useful when fractions of the measure were required.

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