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inane

adjective     /ɪˈneɪn/
extremely silly or with no real meaning or importance: He's always making inane remarks. There are too many inane quiz shows on television these days.Useless and futile inanely     /-li/ adverb He grinned inanely.Useless and futile inanity     /ɪˈnæn.ə.ti/ US  /-t̬i/ noun [C or U] His speech was full of inanities that were meant to be funny. I was amazed at the inanity of her comments.Useless and futile
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