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pointful

adjective; derivation
Having a purpose or meaning. The word provides a nice and useful counterpart for pointless. The word was a nonce creation to provide an exact opposite term to counteract the word, pointless, and probably will not gain great use, but similar situations in the future, may lead to others developing it on the spur of the moment for a similar reason.
 
So your encryption is absolutely pointless? No, it’s pointful!
Etymology : The word was derived via the addition of suffix –ful to the root point, meaning purpose. The suffix, -ful (from the Old English full, from the prehistoric Germanic full/fill, and ultimately from an Indo-European base), means to have a large amount of something. The root, “point,” comes from the Latin word, “puntum,” which means prick, dot, or particle. Puntum is the past participle of the Latin verb for prick, pungere, and came to English via French in the 13th century.
Source : Conversation with roommates around 8/31/05
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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