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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n purposelessness the quality of lacking any definite purpose
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purposelessness Lack of definite or practical purpose or aim.
    • n purposelessness The state or quality of being purposeless, and therefore without design or final cause. See dysteleology.
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  • Peace Pilgrim
    “Most of us fall short much more by omission than by commission. While the world perishes we go our way: purposeless, passionless, day after day.”


In literature:

To take to the mountains would have been a purposeless folly.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
But God's windings are never wasteful and purposeless.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
I continued on my purposeless voyage till I reached the swollen branch of the creek.
"Down The River" by Oliver Optic
Such homeless, aimless, purposeless, wandering individuals are rarely seen.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Brent was beginning to get sick of this new development: to him it seemed idle and purposeless.
"In the Mayor's Parlour" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
You can't realize how utterly purposeless and idle and empty my life is.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
So far, I find myself only the victim of a trick as unworthy and cruel as it is purposeless.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
But, unlike the birds, they did not seem purposeless.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The purposeless life you are leading must result badly.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
Sometimes this takes place, but much more frequently vicious tastes or a simply idle or purposeless life are the result.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
When we separated for the night, I felt that my going to bed would be purposeless.
"A Stable for Nightmares" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
He arose with a purposeless air and went farther along the stockade wall.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
Though purposeless, as regarded any true purpose of speech, his voice was of silver and sweet to the ears.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
Wendover, in itself, is a straggling, purposeless sort of place.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
One lie alone remains, the splendid, purposeless lie, born of the joy of life.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
The utter purposelessness of a hideous crime.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Work seemed suddenly dull and purposeless now that the proposed home had crumbled into ruins.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
His hands, raised purposelessly, were caught and pinioned.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp
Does he mean anything by it all, or is he only an unreasoning, purposeless force?
"Five Young Men" by Charles Reynolds Brown
Purposeless they surely seemed to many, but they saved England.
"Admirals of the British Navy" by Francis Dodd

In poetry:

It was thus in that past existence,
With its purposeless unrest,
When the infinite nature of Sorrow
Was clasping me breast to breast.
"The Worship of Sorrow" by Alexander Anderson
I stare back as they vanish in a swarm,
Seeming how purposeless, how mean and vain,
Till creeping joy and brief alarm
Are gone and prick me not again.
"The Thorn" by John Freeman
O river! ever drifting toward the sea,
How common is thy fate! thus purposeless
To drift away, nor think what 't is to be,
And sink in the vast wave of nothingness.
"The River Charles" by Annie Adams Fields
Ah! Life,-- so purposeless yet steep'd in self,
I do confess thee, yea, I do condemn thee,
So pack'd with pleasure, or so plann'd for pelf,
I do denounce thee, yea, I do contemn thee.
"What We All Feel" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Eyes are often open and sleepwalkers will appear awake, albeit clumsy and generally purposeless in their movements.

In science:

In any case, further purposeless outcomes would restore the outcomes’ distribution the parameter impose.
Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will -a consequence of the before-before experiment