Etymology
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hopeless (adj.)

1560s, "offering no grounds for hope," from hope (n.) + -less. From 1580s as "having no expectation of success." Related: Hopelessly; hopelessness.

updated on August 19, 2015

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Definitions of hopeless from WordNet

hopeless (adj.)
without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success;
with a hopeless sigh he sat down
in an agony of hopeless grief
hopeless (adj.)
of a person unable to do something skillfully;
I'm hopeless at mathematics
hopeless (adj.)
certain to fail;
the situation is hopeless
hopeless (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
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