[pur-puh s-lis] /ˈpɜr pəs lɪs/

having no or apparent meaning.
having no aim or goal; aimless:
to lead a purposeless existence.
having no fixed plan or intention

1550s, from purpose (n.) + -less. Related: Purposelessly; purposelessness.


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