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Able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways.‘aspirin is useful for headaches’
beneficial, advantageous, helpful, worthwhile, profitable, gainful, rewarding, productive, constructive, effective, efficacious, valuable, fruitful, of help, of assistancefunctional, practical, handy, neat, convenient, utilitarian, utility, helpful, applicable, serviceable, of use, of serviceView synonyms
- ‘It means the building is going to be cared for and used and will serve a useful purpose for the community.’
- ‘If he has picked up one, it would have been the most useful thing he has done all year.’
- ‘So many useful shops disappear, to be replaced by a retail outlet that is not welcomed by many of us.’
- ‘I spoke to her after the forum to get her sense of how useful she thought the day had been.’
- ‘It does appear that she is capable of providing a useful service to her clients.’
- ‘The answer may lie in some useful precedents going even as far back as the genesis of modern Israel.’
- ‘The flight served no useful purpose at all: there was no need or compulsion to join it.’
- ‘He said it was a useful and constructive meeting following on from the previous meeting.’
- ‘As a book it has useful anecdotes, but is otherwise nothing to get excited about.’
- ‘Here teenage boys and girls who dropped out after primary school learn useful skills.’
- ‘There may be features not covered here that you would find useful in your own work, so try to explore it.’
- ‘At least it felt like I was doing a proper job and something with a useful purpose.’
- ‘This time we were able to persuade her that this was not a useful tactic and to amend the behaviour.’
- ‘We think this is a useful service and we hope you like it too but it is only fair that we tell you how this is done.’
- ‘It would have been useful to examine whether advice and money had changed practice.’
- ‘The new powers given to magistrates to deduct fines from wages and benefits are a useful tool.’
- ‘See, that old webcam you've got stuffed away in a box really can be useful after all.’
- ‘Many people use too much salt in their cooking, and it is useful for them to know why this is bad for your heart.’
- ‘They were also able to gather useful data from the tyre pressure monitoring system.’
- ‘How useful is it to tell overweight people or gamblers that they have a disease?’
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