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Synonyms for useless
ˈyus lɪsuse·less

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  1. uselessadjective

    useful, skillful

  2. uselessadjective

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

    skillful, useful

  3. uselessadjective

    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.


    skillful, useful

  5. uselessadjective

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


    skillful, useful

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. uselessadjective

    having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. uselessadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. uselessadjective

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

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  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    One may read thousands of books if it fails to understand; it gains nothing. If understands and avoids to act; it remains useless. However, it is a way of ignorance too

  2. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Criticism is great when it’s based on concrete arguments, but useless when it’s done out of jealousy.

  3. Jean Baudrillard:

    If everything is perfect, language is useless. This is true for animals. If animals don't speak, it's because everything's perfect for them. If one day they start to speak, it will be because the world has lost a certain sort of perfection.

  4. Andrew Romeo:

    The transmission of coronavirus happens while working shoulder to shoulder all day in your jobs in the breakrooms and in the cars in which you travel together to work without wearing a mask and from there to your homes and to your friends, at times whole families contracting the virus. So we are now in a very serious situation in which every person in the Latinx community has to take their health as their responsibility and fight this dangerous virus. The authorities can implement measures, but if we are not aware of the importance of wearing the mask, keeping our distance and washing our hands, any measure by the authorities will be 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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