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fu·tile

 (fyo͞ot′l, fyo͞o′tīl′)
adj.
Having no useful result; ineffectual: a futile attempt to renegotiate the contract.

[Latin fūtilis; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

fu′tile·ly adv.
fu′tile·ness n.
Synonyms: futile, barren, bootless, fruitless, ineffectual, pointless, unavailing, useless, vain
These adjectives mean producing no result or effect: a futile effort; barren research; bootless entreaties; fruitless labors; ineffectual treatments; pointless comments; an unavailing attempt; a useless discussion; vain regrets.
Antonym: useful

futile

(ˈfjuːtaɪl)
adj
1. having no effective result; unsuccessful
2. pointless; unimportant; trifling
3. inane or foolish: don't be so futile!.
[C16: from Latin futtilis pouring out easily, worthless, from fundere to pour out]
ˈfutilely adv
ˈfutileness n

fu•tile

(ˈfyut l, ˈfyu taɪl)

adj.
1. incapable of producing any result; ineffective; useless; not successful: Attempts to swim across the stormy channel were futile.
2. trifling; frivolous.
[1545–55; < Latin fūtilis, futtilis brittle, vain, worthless, perhaps =fū- (akin to fundere to pour, melt) + -tilis -tile]
fu′tile•ly, adv.
fu′tile•ness, n.
syn: See useless.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.futile - producing no result or effectfutile - producing no result or effect; "a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt"
useless - having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully; "a kitchen full of useless gadgets"; "she is useless in an emergency"
2.futile - unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
unproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"

futile

futile

adjective
Translations
عَقيم، غَيْر فَعّال
marnýzbytečný
forgævesnytteløs
gagnslaus, árangurslaus
beprasmybė
veltīgsvelts
meningslös

futile

[ˈfjuːtaɪl] ADJ [attempt] → vano; [suggestion] → fútil

futile

[ˈfjuːtaɪl] adj [attempt, search] → infructueux/euse, vain(e)
Resistance is futile → La résistance est vaine.

futile

adjsinnlos; plan, ideanutzlos; effort, attempt (usu attr: = in vain) → vergeblich; (usu pred: = pointless) → nutzlos

futile

[ˈfjuːtaɪl] adjfutile, vano/a

futile

(ˈfjuːtail) , (ˈfjuːtl) adjective
useless; having no effect. a futile attempt.
fuˈtility (-ˈti-) noun
uselessness. He realized the futility of trying to continue his journey.
References in classic literature ?
After the hours of futile sputtering at nothingness that had occupied the afternoon and his failure in the presence of the young reporter, he thought he could see no hope of a future for himself.
She was visited by no more outbursts, moving her to such futile expedients.
That gray hair, and those furrows, --with their record of infinite sorrow so deeply written across his brow, and so compressed, as with a futile effort to crowd in all the tale, that the whole inscription was made illegible, --these, for the moment, vanished.
Dimmesdale, on the very day when Hester Prynne first wore her ignominious badge, had begun a course of penance -- which he afterwards, in so many futile methods, followed out -- by inflicting a hideous torture on himself.
One Saturday night he did not come home, and thereafter all their efforts to get trace of him were futile.
The hope of gaining positive information to act on, by laying artful snares for him which he might fall into in his talk, proved, from the outset, to be utterly futile.
After making one or two sallies to her relief, which were rendered futile by the umbrella's hopping on again, like an immense bird, before I could reach it, I came in, went to bed, and slept till morning.
Pumblechook's very limited dressing-glass, in the futile endeavour to see my legs, it seemed to fit me better.
At that moment Godfrey felt all the bitterness of an error that was not simply futile, but had defeated its own end.
All manner of devices were solemnly tried to hush the wires, and each one usually proved to be as futile as an incantation.
This is an idea not superficial or futile, but solid and weighty.
In the manner of my friend I was at once struck with an incoherence--an inconsistency; and I soon found this to arise from a series of feeble and futile struggles to overcome an habitual trepidancy--an excessive nervous agitation.