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 (ĭn-yo͞ot′l, -yo͞o′tīl′)
Lacking in utility or serviceability; not useful.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin inūtilis : in-, not; see in-1 + ūtilis, useful; see utile.]

in·u′tile·ly adv.
in′u·til′i·ty (ĭn′yo͞o-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.


(ˌɪn yuˈtɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. uselessness.
2. a useless thing or person.
[1590–1600; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inutility - the quality of having no practical useinutility - the quality of having no practical use
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
futility - uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
worthlessness - the quality of being without practical use
impracticality - concerned with theoretical possibilities rather than actual use
impracticability, impracticableness - the quality of not being usable
usefulness, utility - the quality of being of practical use
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She had tried to forget him, realizing the inutility of remembering.
The inutility of her best efforts, however, palsied the poor old gentlewoman.
The garrets offered fine quarters to the rats and mice, whose nocturnal performances were related by Mademoiselle Cormon to the Chevalier de Valois, with many expressions of surprise at the inutility of her efforts to get rid of them.
The only propelling force it ever exhibited, was the mere impetus acquired from the descent of the inclined plane ; and this impetus carried the machine farther when the vanes were at rest, than when they were in motion - a fact which sufficiently demonstrates their inutility ; and in the absence of the propelling, which was also the sustaining power, the whole fabric would necessarily descend.
Organs or parts in this strange condition, bearing the stamp of inutility, are extremely common throughout nature.
He reasoned long on the inutility of the war, and the little provocation which had been given for it.
Snow, who wrote of the two cultures in the late 1950s, many scientists still took an unembarrassed pride in the inutility of their vocation.
Those two points--the inutility of nuclear weapons, which implied their irrelevance to regional politics, and the fact that other powers would still have many times more such weapons--represented the core elements of a 'realist' strategic argument against possession of nuclear weapons that would later be articulated in greater depth.
McCarthy brings knee-jerk potty humor to the potlatch, advancing flagrant absurdity and inutility into a new territory of entropic cynicism.
Against the one, Sidney's "Apology for Poetry" is a response to a puritan attack on poetry's immorality, against the other, Shelley's "Defence of Poetry" is a response to Peacock's tongue-in-cheek attack on its commercial and scientific inutility.
Even if in the article I will present my personal point of view about this particular topic, discussing the utility or inutility of overtly presenting grammar points to the students is not within the scope of the article.
Nevertheless, Kurdish nationalist deputies were individually elected, successfully bypassing the threshold and thereby proving its inutility.