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futile  (ˈfjuːtaɪl



  1. having no effective result; unsuccessful
  2. pointless; unimportant; trifling
  3. inane or foolish   ⇒ don't be so futile!

Derived Forms

ˈfutilely  adverb
ˈfutileness  noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin futtilis pouring out easily, worthless, from fundere to pour out

Translations for 'futile'

  • British English: futile If you say that something is futile, you mean there is no point in doing it, usually because it has no chance of succeeding. ADJECTIVEHe brought his arm up in a futile attempt to ward off the blow.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: fútil
  • Chinese: > 无谓的常因无成功的可能而> 无無谓謂的
  • European Spanish: vano vana
  • French: futile
  • German: vergeblich
  • Italian: futile
  • Japanese: 無益な
  • Korean: 부질없는
  • Portuguese: fútil
  • Spanish: vano vana

Example Sentences Including 'futile'

He began breathing deeply and regularly in a futile effort at calm.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
Longmead's company had been tedious, their mutual concerns futile.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
V I found myself unable to concentrate on the Evening Office, and an attempt to pray proved futile.
Howatch, Susan Ultimate Prizes


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