Other forms: worthlessnesses

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
  1. noun
    the quality of being without practical use
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    inutility, unusefulness, uselessness
    the quality of having no practical use
  2. noun
    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
    “the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness
    synonyms: ineptitude
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    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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