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Princeton's WordNet

  1. utility, usefulnessnoun

    the quality of being of practical use


  1. usefulnessnoun

    the quality of being useful, to which extent something is useful

    The usefulness of his latest reorganisation has been disputed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Usefulnessnoun

    Conduciveness or helpfulness to some end.

    The grandeur of the commonwealth shows itself chiefly in works that were necessary or convenient. On the contrary, the magnificence of Rome, under the emperors, was rather for ostentation, than any real usefulness. Addison.


  1. usefulness

    As a topic of economics, utility is used to model worth or value. Its usage has evolved significantly over time. The term was introduced initially as a measure of pleasure or happiness as part of the theory of utilitarianism by moral philosophers such as Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. The term has been adapted and reapplied within neoclassical economics, which dominates modern economic theory, as a utility function that represents a single consumer's preference ordering over a choice set but is not comparable across consumers. This concept of utility is personal and based on choice rather than on pleasure received, and so is specified more rigorously than the original concept but makes it less useful (and controversial) for ethical decisions.


  1. usefulness

    Usefulness refers to the ability or capacity of something to be of value, beneficial, or advantageous in fulfilling a particular purpose or satisfying a specific need. It is the quality or state of being useful. In general terms, something is considered useful if it aids in achieving a goal, solves a problem, or provides a service or function that improves efficiency or effectiveness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Usefulnessnoun

    the quality or state of being useful; utility; serviceableness; advantage

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of usefulness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of usefulness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of usefulness in a Sentence

  1. Andy McCarthy:

    As a matter of general policy, de-radicalization programs are unproven and their usefulness is doubtful, if the judge reduces the sentence that they would have otherwise imposed in a terrorism case by relying on the hope that de-radicalization will work, that just gives an unearned reward based on an unproven theory to a serious offender.

  2. Elon Musk:

    I think that trust is extremely important and just for the usefulness of the system, getting rid of troll farms and bots and spammers is incredibly important.

  3. Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley:

    Given that even after years of stonewalling these are only a fraction of the documents that were subpoenaed by the House of Representatives, at this point, the usefulness remains to be seen.

  4. Walter Savage Landor:

    Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.

  5. John Cheever:

    The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    A acclaim
    B attend
    C jeopardize
    D adventure

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