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1Having little or no sense, use, or purpose.‘speculating like this is a pointless exercise’with infinitive ‘it's pointless to plan too far ahead’
- ‘However the day was almost marred by pointless and useless vandalism to one of the train carriage windows.’
- ‘Whichever way you cut it, it's still too often a pointless exercise for anyone writing for the consumer press.’
- ‘It is a pointless plan and a waste of the taxpayers' money in a time of government cutbacks.’
- ‘It beggars belief how anyone with any sense could buy this pointless drivel.’
- ‘Personally, I think that makes it fairly pointless to theorise about the exact nature of consciousness.’
- ‘The models are detailed, but uninteresting lines, flat colors, and predictable pans render them pointless.’
- ‘I think it is a ridiculous and pointless stunt that isn't even newsworthy.’
- ‘The world will be so fundamentally different by 2050 that it's pretty pointless to speculate that far out.’
- ‘But that would render it pointless, a social inclusion policy rather than an existential explanation.’
- ‘You think I've got time to sit around doing something utterly futile and pointless?’
- ‘Yes, they seem pointless and stupid, but so do many of the things that are done in school.’
- ‘However, there is no symbol for medium range and the infrequent appearance of the icons make them somewhat pointless.’
- ‘However, I find it almost pointless to search for an exact idea to copy.’
- ‘And even as pointless chatter filled my ears, I couldn't get the freshman girl out of my head.’
- ‘When people began appreciating the wealth of other religions, conflicts in the name of religion seemed utterly pointless.’
- ‘After much seemingly pointless bishop maneuvering, a draw was agreed in 61 moves.’
- ‘It's a pointless exercise in negativity by both the Labor Party and the Democrats.’
- ‘All right, that was a totally pointless conversation.’
- ‘To be honest, I found the whole film somewhat pointless.’
- ‘The Government renders this part completely pointless by making the employer pay for the medical certificate.’
2(of a contest or competitor) without a point scored.
- ‘Both these teams are pointless and, on the face of things, so is this match.’
- ‘Long Lee remain anchored pointless at the bottom, but they put up a fight at Bradley.’
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