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Synonyms for useless
ˈyus lɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. useless(adj)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. useless(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    skillful, useful

  2. useless(adjective)

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

    Antonyms:
    skillful, useful

  3. useless(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    useful, skillful

  4. useless(adjective)

    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. useless(adjective)

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

    Synonyms:
    unskillful

    Antonyms:
    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.

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. useless(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. useless(a)

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

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#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. Woodrow Wilson:

    All over the Union, people are coming to feel that they have no control over the course of affairs... ‘We vote; we are offered the platform we want; we elect the men who stand on that platform; and we get absolutely nothing.’ So they begin to ask: ‘What is the use of voting? We know that the machines of both parties are subsidized by the same persons, and therefore it is useless to turn in either direction.

  2. 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.

  3. Pablo Picasso:

    Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

  4. Thomas Hardy:

    The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    A golden spoon is useless when the soup bowl is empty.


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