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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking meaning; senseless.
  • adj. Ineffectual: pointless attempts to rescue the victims of the raging fire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no point or sharp tip; terminating squarely or in a rounded end.
  • adj. Having no prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.
  • adj. Having no purpose; purposeless; unable to effect an aim.
  • adj. Without points.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no point; blunt; wanting keenness; obtuse

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no point; terminating squarely or in a rounded end.
  • Without point or force: as, a pointless joke.
  • In botany, same as muticous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
  • adj. not having a point especially a sharp point

Etymologies

point + -less (Wiktionary)

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