This fork has prongs that are bent. It's useless now.
good-for-nothing; not dependable.
Bill never mows the lawn, takes out the trash or anything. He's useless, but I love him anyways.
unable to do well at a particular task or thing. Useless is mildly insulting.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Vain (Latin vanus, empty) keeps the etymological idea through all changes of meaning; a vain endeavor is empty of result, or of adequate power to produce a result, a vain pretension is empty or destitute of support, a vain person has a conceit that is empty or destitute of adequate cause or reason. That which is bootless, fruitless, or profitless fails to accomplish any valuable result; that which is abortive, ineffectual, or unavailing fails to accomplish a result that it was, or was supposed to be, adapted to accomplish. That which is useless, futile, or vain is inherently incapable of accomplishing a specified result. Useless, in the widest sense, signifies not of use for any valuable purpose, and is thus closely similar to valueless and worthless. Fruitless is more final than ineffectual, as applying to the sum or harvest of endeavor. That which is useless lacks actual fitness for a purpose; that which is vain lacks imaginable fitness. Compare VACANT; OSTENTATION; PRIDE.
Compare synonyms for UTILITY.
abortive, baseless, bootless, deceitful, delusive, empty, fruitless, futile, idle, inconstant, ineffectual, nugatory, null, profitless, shadowy, trifling, trivial, unavailing, unimportant, unprofitable, unreal, unsatisfying, unserviceable, unsubstantial, vain, vapid, visionary, worthless
adequate, advantageous, beneficial, competent, effective, efficient, expedient, potent, powerful, profitable, real, serviceable, solid, sound, substantial, sufficient, useful, valid, valuable, worthy
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How to use useless in a sentence?
The only excuse for creating something useless is that one admires it intensely.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
A summary, to be honest, is almost completely useless. It's a summary, if you're used to reading these trade agreements, the devil is absolutely in the details. You want to know : What are the qualifications ? What are the exceptions ? What's in the actual language ?
I made it a point to make every man in the movie useless. Normally in gothic romance you end with (the male hero) carrying the girl without a shirt and rescuing her from imminent danger, i wanted to sort of actualize the genre a little bit and make the female roles the central roles.
Some people are under the impression that all that is required to make a good fisherman is the ability to tell lies easily and without blushing; but this is a mistake. Mere bald fabrication is useless; the veriest tyro can manage that. It is in the circumstantial detail, the embellishing touches of probability, the general air of scrupulous -- almost of pedantic -- veracity, that the experienced angler is seen.
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- inútilCatalan, Valencian
- k ničemu, zbytečnýCzech
- unnützlich, wertlos, unnütz, nutzlos, sinnlosGerman
- άχρηστος, μάταιοςGreek
- ezgai, baliogabe, hutsalBasque
- kelvoton, turha, onneton, käyttökelvoton, tarpeeton, hyödytönFinnish
- inutilisable, inutileFrench
- gan mhaithIrish
- gun fheumScottish Gaelic
- חֲסַר תוֹעֶלֶתHebrew
- बेकार, निकम्माHindi
- 無用, 役に立たないJapanese
- onbruikbaar, nutteloosDutch
- ubrukelig, unyttig, nytteløstNorwegian
- niepotrzebny, bezużytecznyPolish
- بې کارهPashto, Pushto
- netrebuincios, inutil, nefolositorRomanian
- никчёмный, ненужный, бесполезныйRussian
- nahovno, nanič, zbytočnýSlovak
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