Definition of futilitarian in US English:



  • Devoted to futile pursuits.

    • ‘They thus believe in a random, futilitarian universe where - if they're existentialists - they might imagine that occasionally a heroic human being could assert some purpose above the froth of randomness, but in general, we're all doomed to decay and destruction.’
    • ‘But the final decision about the matter isn't his wife's: Under futilitarian Texas law, it belongs to committees of bioethicists and doctors.’
    • ‘The futilitarian epistemology found in some - not all - postcolonial theory that says that all social and historical knowledge about non-Western societies inevitably reproduces the terms of colonial domination, and that the only thing we can legitimately seek to know is how knowledge was used as an instrument of domination.’
    • ‘They unwittingly borrow arguments of mainly dead, well-bred, futilitarian Orientialist scholars, like Goldziher, Juynboll, Schacht, and their incarnations (‘higher critics’ as Arberry calls them in disparagement).’
    • ‘Just wave the futilitarian banner and bury your nose in a glass of sake.’


  • A person devoted to futile pursuits.

    • ‘Moreover, I can now see (after reading about your experience) why so few doctors (even pro-life doctors) will step in to help us against the futilitarians by taking over care.’
    • ‘The death penalty, say these amiables and futilitarians, creates blood-thirstiness in the unthinking masses and defeats its own ends - is itself a cause of murder, not a check.’
    • ‘So they go after the writer of that movie, which is a feeble, fascist thing to do - giving more fodder for future filmmakers to film films about what feeble, fascist, futilitarians law enforcement officers can be.’
    • ‘This recognition puts me in a small camp of weak futilitarians.’
    • ‘Although some thinkers who espoused these ideas came to be called futilitarians because of the somewhat pessimistic outlook that this notion of man alone in the cosmos seemed to connote, most humanists were not pessimistic.’
    • ‘As a consequence, members of the public and their elected representatives remain in the dark as ‘futilitarians’ become empowered to hand down unilateral death sentences.’
    • ‘People with severe brain damage are not the only ones futilitarians want to push out of the life boat.’
    • ‘In her essays and letters, she referred to ‘the fantastic nightmares of William Faulkner,’ ‘the sodden futilitarians and the corncob cavaliers of Mr. Faulkner,’ and ‘Faulkner's school of Raw-Head-and-Bloody-Bones’ fiction.’
    • ‘To counter this threat, futilitarians are moving on two fronts to all but guarantee that courts will ultimately acquiesce to futile care theory.’
    • ‘These people are called futilitarians; they believe it's impossible to fix the damage that we have created.’
    • ‘As best as I can tell, the dozen futilitarians who actually showed up for last Sunday's ‘game’ were forced into some sort of 4 on 4 on 4 freak show in which 3 continuously revolving teams of outfielders, infielders and batters fought to an 11-11-7 semi-tie.’
    • ‘Time and time again, as we in Texas fight these pronouncements by futilitarians that treatment should be withdraw from patients in different Texas cities, we find the local community at large to be shocked and horrified that such thinking exists in ‘their’ medical community.’