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
References in classic literature ?
Arthur Clennam had made his unavailing expedition to Calais in the midst of a great pressure of business.
He woke in the morning at daylight, and resumed his patient but unavailing study of the metal trunk.
A week afterwards she came in one evening from an unavailing search for some light occupation in the immediate neighbourhood.
And I didn't know, never dreamed--I, who had lived with John Barleycorn for so many years and laughed at all his unavailing attempts to win me.
She turned white in the face, and drew her breath through her teeth in a savage sort of way; - but she offered no extenuation or defence; and with a kind of shameless calmness - shocking indeed to witness in one so young - as good as told me that my remonstrance was unavailing, and my pastoral advice quite thrown away upon her - nay, that my very presence was displeasing while I spoke such things.
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.
It was a long and gloomy night that gathered on me, haunted by the ghosts of many hopes, of many dear remembrances, many errors, many unavailing sorrows and regrets.
It has been said that the provision which limits the appropriation of money for the support of an army to the period of two years would be unavailing, because the Executive, when once possessed of a force large enough to awe the people into submission, would find resources in that very force sufficient to enable him to dispense with supplies from the acts of the legislature.
It was a subject, in short, on which reflection would be long indulged, and must be unavailing.
The Indians saw by his determined tone, that all further entreaty would be unavailing, so they desisted, with a good-humored laugh, and went off exceedingly well freighted, both within and without, promising to be back again in the course of a fortnight.
Sabin's incognito had been unavailing, for he had stayed at the hotel several times - as he remembered with an odd little pang - with Lucille, and the head-waiter, with a low bow, ushered them to their table.
Before Mr Haredale could answer, the sharp closing of a door and drawing of its bolts, gave notice that the Lord Mayor had retreated to his bedroom, and that further remonstrance would be unavailing.