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futile (ˈfjuːtaɪl Pronunciation for futile

Definitions

adjective

  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'

Attorney-General Geoff Plant of British Columbia dismissed Alberta's threat as almost certainly a futile exercise.
Globe and Mail (2003)
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
Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing so futile.
Pete Cohen and Sten Cummins with Jennai Cox HABIT BUSTING: A 10-step plan that will change your life (2002)
Picking out one good issue from a dozen shady ones, week after week, has become a futile exercise for the investor.
Business Today (1996)
The final point to keep in mind is that governments ' attempts to change the direction of currencies are almost always futile.
Globe and Mail (2003)
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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