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Synonyms for useless
ˈyus lɪsuse·less

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Wiktionary1.0 / 1 vote

  1. uselessadjective

    Antonyms:
    useful, skillful

  2. uselessadjective

    This fork has prongs that are bent. It's useless now.

    Antonyms:
    skillful, useful

  3. uselessadjective

    Antonyms:
    useful, skillful

  4. uselessadjective

    good-for-nothing; not dependable.

    Bill never mows the lawn, takes out the trash or anything. He's useless, but I love him anyways.

    Synonyms:
    good-for-nothing

    Antonyms:
    skillful, useful

  5. uselessadjective

    unable to do well at a particular task or thing. Useless is mildly insulting.

    Synonyms:
    unskillful

    Antonyms:
    skillful, useful

English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. useless

    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.

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    adequate, advantageous, beneficial, competent, effective, efficient, expedient, potent, powerful, profitable, real, serviceable, solid, sound, substantial, sufficient, useful, valid, valuable, worthy

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. uselessadjective

    having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully

    "a kitchen full of useless gadgets"; "she is useless in an emergency"

    Antonyms:
    useful, recyclable, utilizable, reusable, utile, utilitarian, useable, serviceable, usable, reclaimable, multipurpose

Dictionary of English Synonymes3.0 / 1 vote

  1. uselessadjective

    Synonyms:
    unavailing, fruitless, bootless, profitless, unprofitable, unserviceable, valueless, worthless, futile, abortive, null, nugatory, of no use

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. uselessadjective

    Synonyms:
    unserviceable, futile, worthless, unavailing, bootless, ineffectual, null, nugatory, abortive

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#9013idle
#9462unnecessary
#10226useless
#12556trivial
#13230unreal
#15690vain
#17218ineffective
#17350needless
#18270pointless
#19590visionary
#19887meaningless
#20769worthless
#24369unhelpful
#26975futile
#32026unimportant
#35057senseless
#35182unusable
#35699superfluous
#38056wasteful
#38689shadowy
#48116fruitless
#55524deceitful
#55539unprofitable
#60134baseless
#61666ineffectual
#69037trifling
#72180abortive
#90731unsatisfying
#94014vapid
#109464unavailing
#131299unserviceable
#146779inconstant
#203636delusive
#226052unskillful
#244598unsubstantial
#245515nugatory
#291737profitless

How to use useless in a sentence?

  1. proverb:

    A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg.

  2. Dwight D. Eisenhower:

    In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

  3. Anthony Marchese:

    The analogy that I use is, you own a Ferrari that has a $50 oil filter under the hood, without that oil filter, that Ferrari is useless.

  4. Oscar Wilde, A Picture of Dorian Grey - Preface:

    We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.

  5. angel:

    the hardest job is being a burden to everyone around you, when no one wants you around then you are merely useless.


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