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 ?
It was a subject, in short, on which reflection would be long indulged, and must be unavailing. She could think of nothing else; and yet whether Bingley's regard had really died away, or were suppressed by his friends' interference; whether he had been aware of Jane's attachment, or whether it had escaped his observation; whatever were the case, though her opinion of him must be materially affected by the difference, her sister's situation remained the same, her peace equally wounded.
Stuart, "when you bring the horses, you shall have the ammunition, but not before." 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.
Our denials and protestations were unavailing. He only smiled with discreet politeness and inquired about the Queen.
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. The two clients retreated likewise, and the porter shut them out into the street.
Don't, don't, there's a good creature, don't.' But entreaty and remonstrance were alike unavailing; for Mrs.
The brown scales, too, had evidently undergone rigid discipline, in an unavailing effort to rub off the rust, which, alas!
The manner in which Miss Steele had spoken of Edward, increased her curiosity; for it struck her as being rather ill-natured, and suggested the suspicion of that lady's knowing, or fancying herself to know something to his disadvantage.--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.
Hardly four months had passed since the wedding-day at Aldborough, and the penalty for that day was paid already -- paid in unavailing remorse, in hopeless isolation, in irremediable defeat!
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.
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.