[ UK /jˈuːsləsnəs/ ]
  1. the quality of having no practical use
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How To Use uselessness In A Sentence

  • In the story, she wears an aspect of singular causelessness, and Rip's devotion to the drinking-can is barely hinted: the marvellous tenderness, too, and joyful sorrow of his return after the twenty years 'sleep, are apparently not even suspected by the writer. A Study Of Hawthorne
  • With her carelessly piled long blond hair, she looked the perfect image of uselessness.
  • In response to my post on idiomatic similes for superfluity and uselessness in German and English, several people emailed to draw my attention to common expressions such as ‘as useless as a chocolate teapot’ or ‘as a chocolate fireguard’.
  • Reader! when you behold an aspect for whose constant gloom and frown you cannot account, whose unvarying cloud exasperates you by its apparent causelessness, be sure that there is a canker somewhere, and a canker not the less deeply corroding because concealed. Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte
  • I found it grovelling along the ground, tangled and wild, and twining round every worthless weed, and it struck me as an emblem of myself: a mere scatterling, running to waste and uselessness. Tales of a Traveller
  • It was within five minutes 'walk of their warmth and surfeit; and if they had lifted the window and called, "Who goes there?" the houselessness that prowls the night could have answered them from the street below, "Despair! Through the Eye of the Needle A Romance
  • As James says, there may be a good reason for that, other than his general ennui and drifty uselessness. Honest John MP: Misses Transport and
  • The causelessness of all this fuff stirred my own bile. David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.
  • You are about to implode from the weight of your own uselessness. Think Progress » Fox News: Palin’s ‘Telepalmer’ Notes Were A Clever Plot To Call Attention To Obama’s Teleprompter
  • It beautifully illustrates culture shock and the utter uselessness of guide books.
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