futilitarianism

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.
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futilitarianism

a belief in the uselessness of human endeavor and aspiration. Cf. defeatism. — futilitarian, n., adj.
See also: Attitudes
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