unavailing


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un·a·vail·ing

 (ŭn′ə-vā′lĭng)
adj.
Not availing; ineffectual or useless: "I knew that resistance was hopeless, and complaint unavailing" (Shiva Naipaul). See Synonyms at futile.

un′a·vail′ing·ly adv.

unavailing

(ˌʌnəˈveɪlɪŋ)
adj
useless or futile
ˌunaˈvailingly adv

un•a•vail•ing

(ˌʌn əˈveɪ lɪŋ)

adj.
ineffectual; futile: unavailing efforts.
[1660–70]
un`a•vail′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unavailing - producing no result or effectunavailing - 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"

unavailing

unavailing

adjective
Translations

unavailing

[ˈʌnəˈveɪlɪŋ] ADJinútil, vano

unavailing

[ˌʌnəˈveɪlɪŋ] adj (= unsuccessful) [effort, attempt] → vain(e) often before n

unavailing

adjvergeblich, umsonst pred

unavailing

[ˌʌnəˈveɪlɪŋ] adj (liter) (effort) → vano/a, inutile
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But even that refuge proved unavailing, for he was delivered over to the enemy, with a "Be gentle with him, John," which struck the culprit with dismay, for when Mamma deserted him, then the judgment day was at hand.
Immediately conscious how unavailing any struggle against such an overwhelming force must prove, he submitted to his fate, encouraging his gentle companions by a few low and tender assurances, that the natives seldom failed to threaten more than they performed.
The brown scales, too, had evidently undergone rigid discipline, in an unavailing effort to rub off the rust, which, alas
Here was a gorgeous triumph; they were missed; they were mourned; hearts were breaking on their account; tears were being shed; accusing memories of unkindness to these poor lost lads were rising up, and unavailing regrets and re- morse were being indulged; and best of all, the depart- ed were the talk of the whole town, and the envy of all the boys, as far as this dazzling notoriety was con- cerned.
But her curiosity was unavailing, for no farther notice was taken of Mr.
Not a tear rose to Burns' eye; and, while I paused from my sewing, because my fingers quivered at this spectacle with a sentiment of unavailing and impotent anger, not a feature of her pensive face altered its ordinary expression.
HIS had first-rate qualities, and they are lost: rendered worse than unavailing.
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And when she died--I believe broken-hearted-- having never slackened her unavailing search for your father, she left you, at two years old, to grow to be blooming, beautiful, and happy, without the dark cloud upon you of living in uncertainty whether your father soon wore his heart out in prison, or wasted there through many lingering years.
It held up its chain at arm's length, as if that were the cause of all its unavailing grief, and flung it heavily upon the ground again.
The local influence of my family was quite unavailing to obtain any employment in that department, for a man of Mr.
So saying, he resumed his discontented walk through the apartment; and Rebecca, perceiving that her attempts at consolation only served to awaken new subjects of complaint, wisely desisted from her unavailing efforts a prudential line of conduct, and we recommend to all who set up for comforters and advisers, to follow it in the like circumstances.