how to pronounce useless


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useless is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of useless in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… or enslave us or useless as food exactly …”

meanings of useless


  1. Unhelpful, not useful; pointless (of an action).
  2. Without use or possibility to be used.
  3. Unable to do well at a particular task or thing. Useless is mildly insulting.
  4. Good-for-nothing; not dependable.

useless frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word useless occurs in english on average 16 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics useless can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that useless can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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