Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being unavailing or unprofitable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being unavailing or useless.

Etymologies

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bootless +‎ -ness; see boot profit.

Examples

  • Daniel made no effort to conceal his bootlessness when the guests rose to leave the table; without giving the astonishment of his companions a single thought, he once more drew the patent leather torturers on to his extremities.

    Gänsemännchen. English

  • Selene had been convinced from the first of the bootlessness of the attempt, and was now anxious to bring the transaction to a speedy conclusion, as the hour was approaching when she and Arsinoe had to go to the papyrus factory.

    The Emperor — Volume 04

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