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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
References in classic literature ?
She had tried to forget him, realizing the inutility of remembering.
Organs or parts in this strange condition, bearing the stamp of inutility, are extremely common throughout nature.
The inutility of her best efforts, however, palsied the poor old gentlewoman.
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.
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.
He reasoned long on the inutility of the war, and the little provocation which had been given for it.
Economics, however, has little place for the joys and satisfactions that derive from effort and process: the utility of inutility.
This continuing delay exposes the callousness of the DepEd and inutility of the Department of Budget and Management to ensure the prompt release of the bonus which the DBM brags to be an efficient tool in improving government service.
The only use or the only utility, which is really inutility already, can use only for evacuation, nandiyan sa newspapers [it's in the newspapers], and assistance during disasters," he said.
The problem is the state of inutility, clearly the absence in cohesion.
What I've noticed increasingly is that as criticism of their inutility rises managers give themselves new titles in order to pretend that they're not actually managers at all, but "doers.
In practical terms, the homeless still live in innumerable situations of privation, violence, abject poverty, and social inutility, and thus constitute a challenge for public social policies, in particular health policies.