hopeless

Someone who's hopeless believes that nothing good can happen — a happy ending seems impossible. If you realize there's no way you'll pass your biology class, it's a hopeless situation.

When you're struggling to learn a new language or tackling a difficult task and feeling utterly discouraged, you can say that you're hopeless. In other words, you have no hope that things will work out the way you wish they would. A plan that's doomed to failure is also hopeless, because there's no chance that it'll be successful: "His scheme to save enough money to backpack through Europe is hopeless, because he still hasn't found a job."

Definitions of hopeless
  1. adjective
    without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
    “in an agony of hopeless grief”
    “with a hopeless sigh he sat down”
    Synonyms:
    discouraging
    depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action
    abject, unhopeful
    showing utter resignation or hopelessness
    black, bleak, dim
    offering little or no hope
    despairing, desperate
    arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
    despondent, heartsick
    without or almost without hope
    forlorn
    marked by or showing hopelessness
    futureless
    having no prospect or hope of a future
    helpless, lost
    unable to function; without help
    insoluble
    without hope of solution
    pessimistic
    expecting the worst possible outcome
    impossible
    not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with
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    Antonyms:
    hopeful
    having or manifesting hope
    encouraging
    giving courage or confidence or hope
    anticipant, anticipative, expectant
    marked by eager anticipation
    optimistic
    expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
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  2. adjective
    certain to fail
    “the situation is hopeless
    Synonyms:
    impossible
    not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with
  3. adjective
    of a person unable to do something skillfully
    “I'm hopeless at mathematics”
    Synonyms:
    unskilled
    not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency
  4. adjective
    (informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform
    “she handed me a hopeless jumble of papers”
    “he is a hopeless romantic”
    Synonyms:
    bad
    having undesirable or negative qualities
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