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"useless" in British English

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uselessadjective

uk   us   /ˈjuːs.ləs/
B1 of no use; not ​working or not ​achieving what is ​needed: Without ​fuel, the ​vehicles will ​become useless formovingsupplies. [+ to infinitive] It's useless tospeculate without more ​information. mainly UK informal not at all good at doing something: Don't ​ask me to ​add it up - I'm useless atmaths. She's very good at ​methodicalwork, but useless when there's a lot of ​pressure. You're ​absolutely useless - can't you ​even go to the ​shops without getting ​lost!

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uselessly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
His ​injuredarmhung uselessly at his ​side.
uselessness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
They ​complainedbitterly about the uselessness of ​theirtraining.
(Definition of useless from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"useless" in American English

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uselessadjective

 us   /ˈjus·ləs/
of no ​value; ​worthless: With ​deadbatteries, the ​flashlight was useless.
(Definition of useless from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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