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
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adj 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
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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adj certain to fail

“the situation is hopeless
Synonyms:
impossible
not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with

adj 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

adj (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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