• WordNet 3.6
    • adv purposelessly without a clear purpose "let's not purposelessly dispense the aid"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • purposelessly In a purposeless manner; aimlessly; without apparent object.
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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:

He sealed the letter and addressed it idly, then tossed it aside purposelessly.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
This is Nature's Modulus, else the whole of human life is purposeless and meaningless.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
He could not lead the life of his little circle, purposeless and untrue; and yet he had not power to lead a life of his own.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
To-night, finding the seclusion of my study dispiriting, I went forth upon a long and purposeless walk beneath the stars.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Turn back, turn back from thy purposeless journey to the land of Jerusalem, where neither honor nor fame awaits thee.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
In the monotony of a purposeless existence, most humans do no more than that.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Much time had been squandered in this purposeless pursuit.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He went as slowly as we, with an indescribable, purposeless gait.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
But do not imagine your life is over and its aims purposeless.
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
The action was not purposeless or unimpressive.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Now that she was gone for ever, even his riding and hunting became uninteresting and purposeless.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Frank was very methodical in a fussy, purposeless way, she had observed.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
With hands thrust in his pockets he took a purposeless half-turn in the room, then came back to her side.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
In the latter case instinct has become senseless, purposeless.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
With us animal life is purposeless.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
All his life at sea seemed to him to have been a mistaken, purposeless driving.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
But what would have been purposeless in P. T. was important to Pope.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
He stopped short in his purposeless walking and nodded and smiled to it.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
But the wood, if possible, should seem to be purposeless.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
TWELFTH-NIGHT had come and gone, and life next morning seemed a trifle flat and purposeless.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame

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