Worthlessness is a state of being unimportant and useless. When you complain about your coworkers' worthlessness, you're talking about the fact that they don't contribute anything at work.

The noun worthlessness can describe an object's lack of value, but it's more often used to describe a person — especially the way she feels about herself. For example, a depressed person might struggle with feelings of worthlessness — of not being useful or important in any way. The adjective worthless is at the root of worthlessness, with its meaning of "without value." Both words come from the Old English weorþ, "significant, of value, or appreciated."

Definitions of worthlessness

n the quality of being without practical use

Type of:
inutility, unusefulness, uselessness
the quality of having no practical use

n having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful

“the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness
the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
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worthlessness due to being feeble and ineffectual
groundlessness, idleness
the quality of lacking substance or value
paltriness, sorriness
worthlessness due to insignificance
having none of the properties that endow something with value
shoddiness, trashiness
the quality of being cheaply imitative of something better
darn, hoot, red cent
something of little value
emptiness, vanity
the quality of being valueless or futile
Type of:
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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