Useful vs Usage - What's the difference?

useful | usage |

As adjectives the difference between useful and usage

is that useful is having a practical or beneficial use while usage is used.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • Having a practical or beneficial use.
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    Usage notes

    * Prepositions: useful'' is used in ''useful for '', ''useful for '' and ''useful to ''. The words ''useful to'' are also found in construction such as ''It is useful to do'', in which ''to marks an infinitive rather than being a preposition.


    * noteful * serviceable * utilitarian


    * unuseful * useless * harmful



    (wikipedia usage)


    (en noun)
  • The manner or the amount of using; use
  • Habit or accepted practice
  • (lexicography) The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.
  • # Correct or proper use of language, proclaimed by some authority.
  • # Geographic, social, or temporal restrictions on the use of words.
  • Derived terms

    * usage dictionary * usage guide * usage label * usage lexicography * usage note * usage panel


    * * Sydney I. Landau (2001), Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, p 217.


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