pointless

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pointles, poynteles, poyntlees; equivalent to point +‎ -less.

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  • enPR: pointʹləs, IPA(key): /ˈpɔɪntləs/
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Adjective[edit]

pointless (comparative more pointless, superlative most pointless)

  1. Having no point or sharp tip; terminating squarely or in a rounded end.
    a pointless sword
    a pointless knife
  2. Having no prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.
    a pointless remark
    The sequel to the film was even more pointless than the original
  3. Having no purpose; purposeless; unable to effect an aim.
    Since the decision has already been made, further discussion seems pointless.
  4. (sports, games) Having no points
    After four matches and four defeats, United remain pointless at the foot of the table.
  5. (mathematics) Without points.
    a pointless topology
  6. (programming, derogatory) Point-free; employing the tacit programming paradigm.

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