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Having little or no sense, use, or purpose:‘speculating like this is a pointless exercise’[with infinitive] ‘it's pointless to plan too far ahead’
senseless, futile, hopeless, fruitless, useless, needless, wasted, in vain, unavailing, aimless, idle, to no purpose, purposeless, worthless, valueless, unproductive, unprofitableabsurd, insane, nonsensical, stupid, silly, irrelevant, footling, fatuous, foolish, hollow, inane, ridiculousView synonyms
- ‘However the day was almost marred by pointless and useless vandalism to one of the train carriage windows.’
- ‘The models are detailed, but uninteresting lines, flat colors, and predictable pans render them pointless.’
- ‘However, there is no symbol for medium range and the infrequent appearance of the icons make them somewhat pointless.’
- ‘You think I've got time to sit around doing something utterly futile and pointless?’
- ‘It is a pointless plan and a waste of the taxpayers' money in a time of government cutbacks.’
- ‘The Government renders this part completely pointless by making the employer pay for the medical certificate.’
- ‘It's a pointless exercise in negativity by both the Labor Party and the Democrats.’
- ‘Yes, they seem pointless and stupid, but so do many of the things that are done in school.’
- ‘However, I find it almost pointless to search for an exact idea to copy.’
- ‘To be honest, I found the whole film somewhat pointless.’
- ‘When people began appreciating the wealth of other religions, conflicts in the name of religion seemed utterly pointless.’
- ‘I think it is a ridiculous and pointless stunt that isn't even newsworthy.’
- ‘But that would render it pointless, a social inclusion policy rather than an existential explanation.’
- ‘Whichever way you cut it, it's still too often a pointless exercise for anyone writing for the consumer press.’
- ‘All right, that was a totally pointless conversation.’
- ‘After much seemingly pointless bishop maneuvering, a draw was agreed in 61 moves.’
- ‘Personally, I think that makes it fairly pointless to theorise about the exact nature of consciousness.’
- ‘And even as pointless chatter filled my ears, I couldn't get the freshman girl out of my head.’
- ‘It beggars belief how anyone with any sense could buy this pointless drivel.’
- ‘The world will be so fundamentally different by 2050 that it's pretty pointless to speculate that far out.’
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