Definition of 'futility'
Example sentences containing 'futility'
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Men see this futility clearer than women because their lives are more obviously futile. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Then you get older and you move out and you realise the futility of it all. Everyday Violence (1990)Aislinn found it useless to argue with her or try to make her see the futility of her efforts. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEWhen are they going to realise the futility of giving organisations huge fines that only damage the services provided to the public? Times, Sunday Times (2013)In all this Ref sees only futility. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It's hard to say anything fresh about the futility of modern life. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I began to realise the futility of my plan to get away without arrest. Times, Sunday Times (2010)In my lifetime, it has gone from being a nihilistic examination of the futility of life to being a surreal knockabout. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The scrum, likewise, symbolises the essential futility of human existence. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The narrator is a pilgrim, wandering through an allegorical world, and he sees only futility. Christianity Today (2000)It has prompted a rethink: 'I realised the futility of just striving to earn money. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It is a rather static play; there is not much action, but the work certainly presents the costly futility of the conflict. The Times Literary Supplement (2008)I've realised already the futility of fighting: life goes on impervious and one has to go with it. Sand In My Shoes: Wartime Diaries of a WAAF (2006)You might be forgiven for thinking the above passage to be an excerpt from a lesser-known war poem, channelling the bitterness felt at the futility of conflict. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He recognised the futility of trying to impose Western ideas about fitness and fielding, preferring instead to act as a discreet sounding board and a father figure. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Trends of 'futility'
In Common Usage. futility is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'futility'
British English: futility NOUN
Futility is a total lack of purpose or usefulness.
...the injustice and futility of the tactic.
Definition of futility from the Collins English Dictionary
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