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EtymologyEdit

hope +‎ -less, compare Swedish hopplös.

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hopeless (comparative more hopeless, superlative most hopeless)

  1. Without hope; despairing; not expecting anything positive.
  2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate.
    a hopeless cause
  3. Without talent, not skilled
    He's a hopeless writer, but can draw very well.
  4. (of an adverse condition) Incurable.
    She is a hopeless romantic.
    He is a hopeless idler.

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  • Nouns to which "hopeless" is often applied: case, situation, romantic, love, cause, person, despair, life, undertaking, alcoholic, man, endeavor, place, pain, agony, project.

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