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use·ful

 (yo͞os′fəl)
adj.
1. Having a beneficial use; serviceable: a useful kitchen gadget.
2. Being of practical use: a useful job; useful members of society.

use′ful·ly adv.
use′ful·ness n.

Usefulness/Uselessness

 

See Also: FUTILITY, NECESSITY

  1. As much use as a life preserver to a duck —Anon
  2. Effective as a bullet —Edgar Saltus
  3. Effective as an umbrella in a hurricane —Anon
  4. Effective as bailing out a boat with a sieve —Anon
  5. Effective as chicken soup. It can’t hurt —Anon
  6. Effective as dousing a fire with a dixie cup full of water —Anon
  7. Effective as fixing a broken leg with a bandaid —Anon
  8. Feel like an old clerk on a high stool —Wilfrid Sheed
  9. Handy as a pocket in a shirt —Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  10. Helpful as a bathing suit in a blizzard —Ed McBain
  11. (The information was probably as) helpful as a wooden compass —William Mcllvanney
  12. Helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of a rope —Arthur Baer
  13. Ineffective as breaking into a bank vault and taking a bag of pennies —Anon
  14. Ineffective like putting the steak on the fire and the skillet on top of the steak —Norman Mailer
  15. Ineffective, like sending flies in pursuit of fly paper —Elliot Janeway, Barron’s, January 20, 1986
  16. (Lonely and) ineffectual as two left-handed gloves —Helen Rowland
  17. Ineffectually as a firefly in Hell —Stephen Vincent Benet
  18. It [Medicare’s health-care coverage] is like walking around in a bulletproof vest with a hole over the heart —Senator John Heinz, Wall Street Journal, October 15, 1986
  19. It’s [everything valued by others] like so much fluff —Anton Chekhov
  20. A lot of useless barging around, like a man with his sleeve in a thresher —Richard Ford
  21. Making lists is like taking too many notes at school; you feel you’ve achieved something when you haven’t —Dodie Smith
  22. Pointless … like you’d give caviar to an elephant —William Faulkner
  23. (Educating you would be about as) redundant as teaching a lion to like red meat —line from movie Victor-Victoria, spoken by Julie Andrews
  24. Sending a teacher into a classroom with no cane is like sending a boxer into the ring with one hand tied behind his back —Philip Squire
  25. Some men are like a clock on a roof … useful only to the neighbors —Austin O’Malley
  26. Some people are like wheelbarrows, only useful when pushed, and very easily upset —Jack Hebert
  27. Unhelpful … like someone running round with black-currant lozenges to the victims of an earthquake —Josephine Tey
  28. Unnecessary as another designer label —Anon
  29. Useful as a bale of hay in a garage —Anon
  30. Useful as a bicyle without tires —Anon
  31. Useful as a buttonhole without buttons —Anon
  32. Useful as a comb to a bald man —Anon
  33. Useful as a defective parachute —Anon
  34. Useful as an annuity —Anon
  35. Useful as an umbrella to a fish —Anon
  36. Useful as a pocket with a big hole in it —Anon
  37. Useful as a sixth finger —Anon
  38. Useful as a Swiss army knife —Anon
  39. Useful as a thermometer or a scale without markings —Anon
  40. Useful as a third nostril —Peter Benchley
  41. Useful as hayfever when the pollen count is high —Mike Fredman
  42. Useful as information trying to convey the locality and intentions of a cloud —Joseph Conrad
  43. Useful as teats on a boar hog —American colloquialism
  44. Useful as the marketable skill mom told you to acquire —Anon
  45. Useless as a bell that doesn’t ring —Anon
  46. Useless as putting a bandaid on a gunshot wound —Anon
  47. Useless as a broken feather —Anon
  48. Useless as a bump on a log —Anon

    A variation on this familiar simile from The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley: “Stood around like a knot on a log.”

  49. Useless as a car without gasoline —Anon
  50. Useless as a glass eye at a keyhole —Louis Monta Bell
  51. Useless … as a half-built bridge —William H. Hallhan
  52. Useless as an expectant lover —Ellen Glasgow
  53. Useless as a single glove —Anon
  54. Useless as a torn sock —Marianne Hauser
  55. Useless as a twisted arm —Desmond O’Grady
  56. Useless as Ronald Reagan’s right ear —Joseph Wambaugh
  57. Useless … like buying an air conditioner for a building without electricity —Anon
  58. Useless … like the cow that gives a good pail of milk, and then kicks it over —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.usefulness - the quality of being of practical useusefulness - the quality of being of practical use
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
detergence, detergency - detergent quality; the quality of having cleansing power
function, purpose, use, role - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
helpfulness - the property of providing useful assistance
use - a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
serviceability, serviceableness, usability, usableness, useableness - the quality of being able to provide good service
instrumentality - the quality of being instrumental for some purpose
practicality - concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities
practicability, practicableness - the quality of being usable
inutility, unusefulness, uselessness - the quality of having no practical use

usefulness

noun helpfulness, value, worth, use, help, service, benefit, profit, utility, effectiveness, convenience, practicality, efficacy His interest lay in the usefulness of his work.

usefulness

noun
The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end:
Translations
نَفْع ، إفادَه
užitečnost
nytte
hyödyllisyys
gagnseminytsemi
uporabnost
faydalılıkyararlılık

usefulness

[ˈjuːsfʊlnɪs] Nutilidad f
it has outlived its usefulnessha dejado de tener utilidad

usefulness

[ˈjuːsfʊlnɪs] nutilité f

usefulness

nNützlichkeit f; (of person, contribution also)Wert m (of discussion)Fruchtbarkeit f ? outlive

usefulness

[ˈjuːsfʊlnɪs] nutilità

use2

(juːs) noun
1. the act of using or state of being used. The use of force to persuade workers to join a strike cannot be justified; This telephone number is for use in emergencies.
2. the/a purpose for which something may be used. This little knife has plenty of uses; I have no further use for these clothes.
3. (often in questions or with negatives) value or advantage. Is this coat (of) any use to you?; It's no use offering to help when it's too late.
4. the power of using. She lost the use of her right arm as a result of the accident.
5. permission, or the right, to use. They let us have the use of their car while they were away.
ˈuseful adjective
helpful or serving a purpose well. a useful tool/dictionary; She made herself useful by doing the washing for her mother.
ˈusefulness noun
ˈusefully adverb
in a useful way. He spent the day usefully in repairing the car.
ˈuseless adjective
having no use or no effect. Why don't you throw away those useless things?; We can't do it – it's useless to try.
be in use, be out of use
to be used or not used. How long has the gymnasium been in use / out of use?
come in useful
to become useful. My French came in useful on holiday.
have no use for
to despise. I have no use for such silliness / silly people.
it's no use
it's impossible or useless. He tried in vain to do it, then said `It's no use.'
make (good) use of, put to (good) use
He makes use of his training; He puts his training to good use in that job.
References in classic literature ?
It would be an unequal exchange, to give a warrior, in the prime of his age and usefulness, for the best woman on the frontiers.
To all this I joyously assented; for besides the affection I now felt for Queequeg, he was an experienced harpooneer, and as such, could not fail to be of great usefulness to one, who, like me, was wholly ignorant of the mysteries of whaling, though well acquainted with the sea, as known to merchant seamen.
They may be men of a certain experience and discrimination, and have no doubt invented ingenious and even useful systems, for which we sincerely thank them; but all their wit and usefulness lie within certain not very wide limits.
This disposes of the last remnant of his reputation and wholly destroys his main usefulness as a moral agent, since it will make the sluggard hesitate to go to him any more.
This was a two-story log house which had acquired the reputation a few years ago of being haunted, and that was the end of its usefulness.
Her first attempts at usefulness were in an endeavour to find out who were the parents, but Harriet could not tell.
And when Jarvis Lorry saw the kindled eyes, the resolute face, the calm strong look and bearing of the man whose life always seemed to him to have been stopped, like a clock, for so many years, and then set going again with an energy which had lain dormant during the cessation of its usefulness, he believed.
Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in its little sphere, whatever it may be, will find its mortal life too short for its vast means of usefulness.
And really his anxiety to be of use in the investigations we have been making, and his real usefulness in extracting, and copying, and fetching, and carrying, have been quite stimulating to us.
Their sense of his usefulness would have counteracted any repugnance or suspicion which was not confirmed by a deficiency in the quality or the tale of the cloth he wove for them.
Its usefulness depends upon the sense and enterprise with which it is handled.
It is true, as has been before observed that facts, too stubborn to be resisted, have produced a species of general assent to the abstract proposition that there exist material defects in our national system; but the usefulness of the concession, on the part of the old adversaries of federal measures, is destroyed by a strenuous opposition to a remedy, upon the only principles that can give it a chance of success.