Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the quality of being useful, to which extent something is useful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being useful; utility; serviceableness; advantage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being useful; conduciveness to some end; utility; serviceableness; advantage.

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

  • n. the quality of being of practical use

Etymologies

useful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Well enjoy the perks while you can because Palin will throw you under the tractor trailer wheels as soon as your usefulness is all used up.

    Latest ethics complaints should be 'a wake-up call,' Palin says

  • "The U.S. will have to find a balance between their immediate needs and the long-term usefulness of their actions," says Mr. Haqqani.

    A Hostage in Pakistan

  • EnterRustic Fruit Desserts, a collaboration between James Beard winner Cory Schreiber and Portland baker Julie Richardson, a book whose usefulness is clear straight from the introduction, where the authors describe each pastry-fruit iteration.

    Holly Smith: The Next Iron Chef

  • If the truth of a scientific theory, or even its usefulness, is to be judged by its predictive abilities, what are we to make of the predictions made by Hansen before Congress some 20 years ago, when we compare them with the actual measurements of the past twenty years?

    October 23rd, 2009

  • Their usefulness is so obvious that some soldiers here go on foot patrol with them loosely placed on each limb, ready to be tightened.

    U.S. military medics use old and new techniques to save wounded in Afghanistan

  • Its usefulness is limited, though, as it can't tell you when your payment arrive until about a week before they send out the check.

    Where's My Stimulus Payment? - The Consumerist

  • My immediate reaction was an urge to question how much of the pragmatism and usefulness is due to the ready-made group think and supporting movement.

    Cleaning Up The Mess

  • As Wikipedia says, "this advancement transformed the material's usefulness from a time-consuming process ... into a mass-producible material which could be quickly inflated into large, transparent, and leak-proof vessels."

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • The institutional blogs are useful, but their usefulness is necessarily limited to a local audience, and few are compelling enough to encourage faculty, students, and attorneys to subscribe and actually read them.

    Connie Crosby on the benefits of blogging

  • Readers rate the comments in usefulness 1-5, with 5 being most useful and 1 being "lamest."

    Contrast and Compare: Sharing air space on the Web

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  • Where's my camera?!

    Oh damn, too late.

    October 26, 2008