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English definition of “purposeless”

purposeless

adjective uk   /ˈpɜː.pəs.ləs/ us    /ˈpɝː-/
done without a clear intention: a purposeless existence purposeless fightingUseless and futile
purposelessly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Useless and futile
purposelessness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Useless and futile
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