What does uselessness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inutility, uselessness, unusefulnessnoun

    the quality of having no practical use


  1. uselessnessnoun

    the quality of being useless

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Uselessnessnoun

    Unfitness to any end.

    Etymology: from useless.

    He made a learned discourse on the trouble, uselessness, and indecency of foxes wearing tails. Roger L'Estrange.

    He would convince them of the vanity and uselessness of that learning, which makes not the possessor a better man. South.


  1. uselessness

    Uselessness refers to the lack of utility, efficacy, worth, or value in something or someone. It indicates ineffectiveness or incapacity to perform a task, fulfill a purpose or contribute to achieving a result. It can also refer to something that is not needed, not beneficial, or unproductive.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of uselessness in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of uselessness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of uselessness in a Sentence

  1. Anonymous British civil servant, "Take Her Deep" by I.J. Galatin, Cdr., US Navy, ret.:

    The ingenuity of the device blinds us to its utter uselessness.

  2. Enid Bagnold:

    Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything. To Why am I here? To uselessness. It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it's a cactus.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

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