pointlessly, adv.pointlessness, n.
/poynt"lis/, adj.
1. without a point: a pointless pen.
2. blunt, as an instrument.
3. without force, meaning, or relevance: a pointless remark.
4. without a point scored, as in a game: a pointless inning.
[1300-50; ME point les. See POINT, -LESS]
Syn. 3. meaningless, unproductive, futile, ineffectual.

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