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Lacking a purpose; meaningless or aimless.

pur′pose·less·ly adv.
pur′pose·less·ness n.
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Noun1.purposelessness - the quality of lacking any definite purpose
meaninglessness - the quality of having no value or significance; "he resented the meaninglessness of the tasks they assigned him"
purposefulness, sense of purpose - the quality of having a definite purpose
References in classic literature ?
The tentacles swayed and struck like living arms, and, save for the helpless purposelessness of these movements, it was as if some wounded thing were struggling for its life amid the waves.
And it is precisely this purposelessness what Aristotle cannot accept, since he thinks that a lack of purpose is absurd.
In trying to find that meaning the journey he sets out on, ends in an abyss where he finds himself in a state of boredom, nothingness and purposelessness, as if life is a most absurd phenomenon.
This production had about it a feeling of the Theatre of the Absurd in its presentation of the couple as often isolated figures, with feelings of bewilderment and purposelessness.
Counselors working with bereaved clients are advised to remain alert to the grief reactions depicted here, particularly those that indicate lethality, such as purposelessness and suicidal ideation.
While claiming that meaningfulness is directly linked with wellbeing, research has shown that the personal effects of purposelessness may include self-absorption, depression, addictions, and identity crisis, and the social effects may include deviant and destructive behavior, a lack of productivity, and an inability to sustain stable interpersonal relations (Damon, 2009).
This stands for Ideation, Substance use, Purposelessness, heightened Anxiety, feeling Trapped, feeling Hopeless, Withdrawal from friends and family, uncontrollable Anger, engaging in Reckless behavior, and dramatic Mood changes.
The mnemonic stands for Suicide Ideation, Substance abuse, Purposelessness, Anger, Trapped, Hopelessness, Withdrawing, Anxiety, Recklessness, and Mood change.
As a result, most lawyers will experience a sense of purposelessness in their careers, (3) and most low-income Americans will not have access to a lawyer when important interests are at stake.
By which I mean that the city's plight today, its exposure to Putin's whims and a revived Assad's pitiless designs, is a result of the fecklessness and purposelessness over almost five years of the Obama administration.
Ursula rejects natural background and looks outside to a more sophisticated social setting, but towards the end she realizes the purposelessness of social activity and escapes from society.
She endorses the following risk factors: suicidal ideation, purposelessness, anxiety, feeling trapped, hopelessness, social withdrawal, anger, and impulsivity over past few days due to inconsistently taking her mood stabilizer.