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