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Synonyms for useless

Synonyms for useless

having no useful purpose

incapable of being used or availed of to advantage

not having the desired effect

Antonyms for useless

having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully

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D'Artagnan quietly pushed him in again, and by the light of a lamp on the staircase made him ascend the steps backward one by one, keeping his eyes all the time on Mordaunt's hands, who, however, knowing that it was useless, attempted no resistance.
Raoul heard these words, and comprehending that his presence was now useless between the two young men, who had now only friendly words to exchange, withdrew a few paces; a movement which brought him closer to De Wardes, who was conversing with the Chevalier de Lorraine respecting the departure of Buckingham.
It is useless to flash bright visions before the eyes of one who seeks and loves darkness: useless, too, is it to let the magnificence of the cannon's roar make itself heard in the ears of one who loves repose and the quiet of the country.
Those who tried to understand the general course of events and to take part in it by self-sacrifice and heroism were the most useless members of society, they saw everything upside down, and all they did for the common good turned out to be useless and foolish- like Pierre's and Mamonov's regiments which looted Russian villages, and the lint the young ladies prepared and that never reached the wounded, and so on.
It is useless, Ghek," she said, when she saw that he intended to defend her.
It is useless," said the girl, seeing that he would have stood his ground and fought them.
Boxtel at first entertained an idea of stealing the key, but it soon occurred to him, not only that it would be exceedingly difficult to abstract it from her pocket, but also that, when she perceived her loss, she would not leave her room until the lock was changed, and then Boxtel's first theft would be useless.
The attempt proved to be useless, and worse--it seemed to make her suspicious.
it is useless to tell me that you have your old nurse.
It was useless to change the subject--the evil influence that was on me was too potent to be charmed away by talk.
In reflecting on them, every one must be struck with astonishment: for the same reasoning power which tells us plainly that most parts and organs are exquisitely adapted for certain purposes, tells us with equal plainness that these rudimentary or atrophied organs, are imperfect and useless.
And so of all the other things;--justice is useful when they are useless, and useless when they are useful?
It was useless waiting for an opportunity, and useless trying to concoct a speech for the occasion.
It was late in the afternoon only when Zarathustra, after long useless searching and strolling about, again came home to his cave.
I'm glad there's something to give my life for, for it's not simply useless but loathsome to me.