Unavailing unprofitable ineffective without advantage or success
- unproductive of success
- Unavailing; unprofitable; ineffective; without benefit or success.
late Old English botleas "unpardonable, not to ever be atoned for, without assistance or cure," from boot (n.2) + -less. Meaning "useless, unprofitable" is from very early 15c.
- "lacking shoes," belated 14c., from boot (n.1) + -less.
(a.) Unavailing; unprofitable; useless; without advantage or success.
In the autumn of 1864 Sterling Price led a brilliant but rather bootless Confederate raid across the state, along the Missouri River, and was only forced to retreat southward by defeat at Westport (Kansas City).