from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being or having no beneficial use; futile or ineffective.
- adj. Incapable of functioning or assisting; ineffectual: He panics easily and is useless in an emergency. See Synonyms at futile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Without use or possibility to be used.
- adj. Unhelpful, not useful; pointless (of an action).
- adj. good-for-nothing; not dependable.
- adj. unable to do well at a particular task or thing. Useless is mildly insulting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having, or being of, no use; unserviceable; producing no good end; answering no valuable purpose; not advancing the end proposed; unprofitable; ineffectual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no use; being of no use; unserviceable; usable to no good end; answering no valuable purpose; not advancing the end proposed; unprofitable; ineffectual.
- Synonyms Useless, Fruitless, Ineffectual, Unavailing, bootless, profitless, unprofitable, valueless, worthless, futile, abortive. Useless often implies that the cause of failure lies in the situation; as, it is useless to try to mend that clock. Useless is the only one of these words that may thus be applied by anticipation to what might be attempted. That which is fruitless, ineffectual, or unavailing actually fails, and from hindrances external to itself. Unavailing is more likely to be used the fruitless or ineffectual where the failure is through some one's unwillingness; as, unavailing prayers or petitions, ineffectual efforts, fruitless labors. Fruitless is stronger and more final than ineffectual or unavailing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully
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