futile, ineffectual, otiose, unavailing(adj)
producing no result or effect
"a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt"
bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain(adj)
unproductive of success
"a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
Incapable of producing results; useless; not successful; not worth attempting.
Origin: From futilis.
talkative; loquacious; tattling
of no importance; answering no useful end; useless; vain; worthless
Origin: [L. futilis that easily pours out, that easily lets loose, vain, worthless, from the root of fundere to pour out: cf. F. futile. See Fuse, v. t.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fū′tīl, adj. useless: unavailing: trifling.—adv. Fū′tilely.—ns. Futilitā′rian, one who gives himself to profitless pursuits; Futil′ity, uselessness. [Fr.,—L. futilis—fundĕre, to pour.]
The numerical value of futile in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of futile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Once in five years we get a chance to voice our disapproval, a futile exercise.
If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death No death may be called futile.
We know life is futile. A man who considers that his life is of very wonderful importance is awfully close to a padded cell.
Everything starts with a step, we are contacting all 209 federations to engage with them, probably futile in a lot of cases, but we will engage.
A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.
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Translations for futile
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- fútilCatalan, Valencian
- sinnlos, vergeblichGerman
- inútil, fútilSpanish
- پوچ, عبث, بى فايدهPersian
- turha, tulokseton, toivotonFinnish
- faoin, dìomhainScottish Gaelic
- 無用, 無駄, 無益Japanese
- 효과 없는Korean
- futile, futilisLatin
- အလဟဿဖြစ်သော, အချည်းနှီးဖြစ်သောBurmese
- chʼééhNavajo, Navaho
- напрасный, бесполезный, тщетный, бесплодныйRussian
- nepatrný, márny, zbytočnýSlovak
- fåfäng, lönlös, meningslösSwedish
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