futilitarian

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fu·til·i·tar·i·an

 (fyo͞o-tĭl′ĭ-târ′ē-ən)
adj.
Holding or based on the view that human endeavor is futile.
n.
One who holds the view that human endeavor is futile.


fu·til′i·tar′i·an·ism n.

futilitarian

(fjuːˌtɪlɪˈtɛərɪən)
adj
(Philosophy) of or relating to the belief that human endeavour can serve no useful purpose
n
(Philosophy) one who holds this belief
[C19: facetious coinage from futile + utilitarian]
fuˌtiliˈtarianˌism n

fu•til•i•tar•i•an

(fyuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i ən)

adj.
1. believing that human hopes are vain, and human strivings unjustified.
n.
2. a person who holds this belief.
[1820–30; b. futile and utilitarian]
fu•til`i•tar′i•an•ism, n.
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