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Incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.‘a futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage’
fruitless, vain, pointlessuseless, worthless, ineffectual, ineffective, inefficacious, to no effect, of no use, in vain, to no avail, unavailingunsuccessful, failed, thwartedunproductive, barren, unprofitable, abortiveimpotent, hollow, empty, forlorn, idle, sterile, nugatory, valuelesshopeless, doomed, lostno good to gundybootlessView synonyms
- ‘Everyone could sense it was futile, but at least for half an hour they got a chance at some semblance of competition.’
- ‘Although residents put up pockets of resistance, their attempts were largely futile.’
- ‘You shift from one leg to the other, but know that that is a fairly futile attempt to relieve your discomfort.’
- ‘A lack of evidence in absence of harm cannot be interpreted as useless or futile.’
- ‘If the West's behaviour is futile, it is because the tide of history is against it.’
- ‘I am sorry that I missed my chance this evening to register my protest, futile though it would have been.’
- ‘I could get so accustomed to his company, which is futile since he heads away late next week.’
- ‘It is futile because we cannot fully join the ranks and chase what is called the American Dream.’
- ‘Such is the nature of journalism and it is perhaps futile to bemoan it.’
- ‘His men made repeated but ultimately futile attempts to retrieve his body from no-man's land.’
- ‘I glanced carelessly at the door, in a futile attempt to change the subject.’
- ‘All attempts to coax him to play with educational toys proved painful and futile.’
- ‘They do not show an act of suicide but an attempt, however futile, to escape death.’
- ‘Worrying over the results after the exam is a futile exercise as you cannot alter the result.’
- ‘She is given a terminal diagnosis and told treatment is futile by a consultant as soon as the results are revealed.’
- ‘Tourism should not be allowed to become another football for the tiresome and futile political arena.’
- ‘It will be futile and fruitless, but at least it will voice my opinion and ease some of my frustrations.’
- ‘Therefore, the whole political campaign against the extreme right is futile.’
- ‘So it's a futile effort to try to climb up to God, which is why he sent his son to be our savior.’
- ‘Resistance was futile, and over time many grew to love their new mechanical master.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin futilis leaky, futile apparently from fundere pour.
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