uselessly


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use·less

 (yo͞os′lĭs)
adj.
1.
a. Being or having no beneficial use; ineffective: This pen is useless because it's out of ink. See Synonyms at futile.
b. Having no purpose or reason; pointless; to no avail: It's useless to argue over matters of taste.
2. Incapable of acting or functioning effectively; ineffectual or inept: He panics easily and is useless in an emergency.

use′less·ly adv.
use′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.uselessly - in a useless manneruselessly - in a useless manner; "the furniture was sitting around uselessly"
usefully - in a useful manner; "extra money could be usefully spent on this project"
Translations

uselessly

[ˈjuːslɪslɪ] ADV (= ineffectually) → inútilmente; (= in vain, pointlessly) → inútilmente, en vano

uselessly

[ˈjuːsləsli] adv
(= without being useful) → inutilement
(= pointlessly) → inutilement

uselessly

advnutzlos
References in classic literature ?
Depend upon it that whatever unemployed sum may remain, when I make up my accounts in the spring, I would even rather lay it uselessly by than dispose of it in a manner so painful to you.
But this adjutant returned half an hour later with the news that the commander of the dragoons had already retreated beyond the dip in the ground, as a heavy fire had been opened on him and he was losing men uselessly, and so had hastened to throw some sharpshooters into the wood.
At last there was Waterloo, and Morrel came no more; he had done all that was in his power, and any fresh attempt would only compromise himself uselessly.
"There is not a doubt," he said to himself, "that my friend the bishop of Vannes had some motive in that;" and then he began to rack his brains most uselessly. D'Artagnan, so intimately acquainted with all the court intrigues, who knew the position of Fouquet better than even Fouquet himself did, had conceived the strangest fancies and suspicions at the announcement of the fete , which would have ruined a wealthy man, and which became impossible, utter madness even, for a man so poor as he was.
His apartment consisted of two small chambers, very nicely fitted up, in a furnished house, the hostess of which, still young and still really handsome, cast tender glances uselessly at him.
After he had a hundred times bitten his lips, stretched his legs and his arms like a well-brought-up child who, without daring to gape, exhausts all the modes of evincing his weariness -- after having uselessly again implored his mother and the minister, he turned a despairing look towards the door, that is to say, towards liberty.
* Washington, who, after uselessly admonishing the European general of the danger into which he was heedlessly running, saved the remnants of the British army, on this occasion, by his decision and courage.
"In the end I will be crucified, uselessly crucified."
"My modest round of duties at Windygates, Lord Holchester; occasionally relieved, when my mind is overworked, by the society of a few earnest friends whose views harmonize with my own--my existence passes (not quite uselessly, I hope) in that way.
After looking into each book, and opening and shaking it uselessly, in search of any loose papers which might be hidden between the leaves, I came to the fourth drawer, and found more relics of past pecuniary transactions in the shape of receipted bills, neatly tied together, and each inscribed at the back.
Suppose I succeeded in escaping from the clutches of Doctor Dulcifer--might I not be casting myself uselessly on the world, without a chance of finding a single clew to trace her by?
It was like a flash of lightning which showed to Boxtel the abyss of a uselessly committed crime.