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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.
3) Eleonore Stump clarifies the purposelessness of suffering by noting its effect on a person's flourishing, which can be understood objectively and subjectively.
Not insignificantly, many of A Farewell to Arms's themes and situations play out in Hemingway's other books, including the twinning and psychical union of romantic pairs, feelings of purposelessness, expressions of human misery, the relationship between religion and war, and the quality of rural spaces and sport.
Admirers will likely enjoy this insouciant, mildly metafictional novel, but others may be disappointed by its antiquated views and seeming purposelessness.
In this way, they can overcome disappointment, frustration, disillusionments, and purposelessness that lead to burnout.
Her book explains how she worked through her own feelings of isolation and purposelessness.
Like a garden in the wilderness, purpose always exists within a context of purposelessness.
Here she succeeds in reflecting on both generational and current plights of women devastated by personal loss and purposelessness.
Defined "as a state in which persons have a vacuous sense of self; whose sense of significance and importance is extremely marginal and whose development is devoid of, or at best insufficiently grounded in constant positive affirmation" (Beverly, 1998, 185), idiomatic purposelessness would seem a major peripheral personality disorder that affects ADP despite not being found in the DSMs or ICDs.
The idea of globalism would crowd out cosmopolitan philosophic activity or redirect our attention away from all but the material nature of our existence--and political engagement in the global city would suffer a similar purposelessness.
Furthermore, Secrets No More brings to the fore a nation reduced to a morass of epistemological purposelessness and ethical disorientation by the terrorism of years of visionless military and democratic rulership; the bureaucratic inefficiency of the politics of governance and the futility of constructing ethnic identity from a speculative Eurocentric myth geared towards distinguishing two groups that are almost homogeneous in nearly every sphere of human endeavours.
They stand sentinel right there, not long ago in our history, as the way to advance through our sluggishness and purposelessness today.