futile

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futile

ineffectual; useless; incapable of producing any result; not successful: Trying to get the horse to drink water was futile.
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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
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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
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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.
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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"
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futile

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futile

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

futile

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

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

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

[ˈfjuːtaɪl] adjfutile, vano/a
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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.
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Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Envoy to Oman Ali Akbar Sibouyeh said US Vice-President Joe Biden's offer of direct talks with Tehran means a US acknowledgement of the futileness of its hostile policies towards Iran.
As in vain his attempts are, or one should say just due to the futileness of these attempts, to push the statesmen into action persuasively, Pope Nicholas V sends letters in the following months of the loss of Constantinople to the rulers of Italy, one of the strongest powers of the time.
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