adjective Date: circa 1552 having no purpose ; aimless, meaninglesspurposelessly adverbpurposelessness noun

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  • Purposeless — Pur pose*less, a. Having no purpose or result; objectless. Bp. Hall. {Pur pose*less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purposeless — index arbitrary and capricious, casual, expendable, nugatory, random, unavailing, unintentional, unwitting …   Law dictionary

  • purposeless — [adj] useless, insignificant aimless, designless, desultory, drifting, empty, feckless, floundering, fustian, goalless, good for nothing*, haphazard, hit or miss*, indiscriminate, irregular, meaningless, motiveless, needless, nonsensical,… …   New thesaurus

  • purposeless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done with or having no purpose. DERIVATIVES purposelessly adverb purposelessness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • purposeless — [pʉr′pəs ləs] adj. not purposeful; aimless purposelessly adv. purposelessness n …   English World dictionary

  • purposeless — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)pəsləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If an action is purposeless, it does not seem to have a sensible purpose. Time may also be wasted in purposeless meetings... Surely my existence cannot be so purposeless? Syn: senseless, pointless …   English dictionary

  • purposeless — purposelessly, adv. purposelessness, n. /perr peuhs lis/, adj. 1. having no purpose or apparent meaning. 2. having no aim or goal; aimless: to lead a purposeless existence. [1545 55; PURPOSE + LESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • purposeless — pur|pose|less [ˈpə:pəsləs US ˈpə:r ] adj not having a clear aim or purpose ▪ hours of purposeless activity >purposelessly adv >purposelessness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • purposeless — pur|pose|less [ pɜrpəsləs ] adjective lacking a useful purpose: the purposeless lives of the very rich …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • purposeless — adjective not having a clear aim or purpose: a purposeless existence on the streets of London purposelessly adverb purposelessness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • purposeless — UK [ˈpɜː(r)pəsləs] / US [ˈpɜrpəsləs] adjective lacking a useful purpose the purposeless lives of the very rich …   English dictionary

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