1) ADJ-GRADED If something that someone says or writes is meaningless, it has no meaning, or appears to have no meaning.

The sentence `kicked the ball the man' is meaningless...

She is fascinated by algebra while he considers it meaningless nonsense.

2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is meaningless in a particular situation is not important or relevant.

Widespread political and economic disarray threatens to make the constitution meaningless...

Fines are meaningless to guys earning millions.

3) ADJ-GRADED If something that you do is meaningless, it has no purpose and is not at all worthwhile.

They seek strong sensations to dull their sense of a meaningless existence.


English dictionary. 2008.

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