Useless vs Harmful - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between useless and harmful
is that useless
is without use or possibility to be used while harmful
is of a kind likely to be damaging; injurious.
Without use or possibility to be used.
Unhelpful, not useful; pointless (of an action).
- This fork has prongs that are bent. It's useless now.
- I think it's useless to keep this discussion going. It's like talking to a wall.
(pejorative, of a person) good-for-nothing; not dependable.
- I tried my best to make him quit smoking, but my efforts were useless . He now smokes six packs a day.
(colloquial, of a person) unable to do well at a particular task or thing. Useless is mildly insulting.
- Bill never mows the lawn, takes out the trash or anything. He's useless , but I love him anyways.
- My brother is useless at most computer games, but he is an awesome PS2 player.
- Why do you keep trying? You're obviously useless at it.
* (good-for-nothing) good-for-nothing
* (unable to do well) unskillful
* skillful, useful
* harmfull (archaic)
of a kind likely to be damaging; injurious
- Wear a hat to protect your skin from harmful sunlight.
* Nouns to which "harmful" is often applied: effect, consequence, impact, influence, emission, chemical, ingredient, substance, gas, agent, additive, drug, radiation, dust, organism, plant, animal, insect, action, act, behavior, component, content, activity, interference, use.
* injurious; see also