Definition of 'futile'
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Critics say it is a futile money-saving exercise which endangers patients. The Sun (2017)The bad news is life is futile and we're all going to die. The Sun (2017)Except it would be a long and futile search. The Sun (2012)The tactic will prove as futile now as it did before. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Sometimes it worked but it was usually futile. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Unless financial education is taught by properly trained and qualified teachers it will be a futile exercise. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Trying to encourage home ownership by subsidising buyers is a futile exercise. Times, Sunday Times (2013)That is not to say this was a totally futile exercise. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Signing onto just any training course may prove to be a futile exercise. Life Without Work (1994)Night after night they argued patiently in futile attempts to make him see the error of his ways. Molly Keane's Ireland (1993)Dom rubbed his hand across his lips in a futile attempt to clean the bad taste from his mouth. SOMEDAY MY PRINCE (1999)It was always a futile exercise. Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing (2006)Yet searching for traces of originality in the band's set proved a futile task. Times, Sunday Times (2015)For decades they have been telling them that resistance to the Anglo-Saxon way of life is futile. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The first is to make a futile attempt to plug into the island's glamorous past. Times, Sunday Times (2012)These are terrifying threats, and diplomatic efforts to defuse them have so far proved futile. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The snapshot narratives in the literature of disenchantment typically pivot on ironic incidents in which action is proved futile and courage a waste. TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR: The Threshold of Middle-earth (2003)And meanwhile her poor old Dad is left outside the bedroom door making futile attempts to talk to her. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Their efforts have proved futile. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Not because they want to die, but because death renders life so futile and meaningless they decide to check out of it. Christianity Today (2000)I withdrew my offer of a game, as my futile attempts on court could cost me the prize. Times, Sunday Times (2008)If we see life as futile, we'll have a good laugh about it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)If life is futile, well, why not? Times, Sunday Times (2015)The move had proved 'completely futile'. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'futile'
British English: futile ADJECTIVE
If you say that something is futile, you mean there is no point in doing it, usually because it has no chance of succeeding.
He brought his arm up in a futile attempt to ward off the blow.
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