One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘remonstrating with him seems to have been a bootless task’
useless, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, unproductive, fruitless, profitless, unrewarding, unsuccessful, non-successful, without success, abortive, unavailing, to no avail, to no effect, to no purpose, futile, vain, in vain, pointless, worthless, nugatory
informal a dead loss
literary Sisyphean, for nought
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