What does futile mean?

Definitions for futileˈfyut l, ˈfyu taɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word futile.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. futile, ineffectual, otiose, unavailing(adj)

    producing no result or effect

    "a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt"

  2. bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain(adj)

    unproductive of success

    "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"

Wiktionary

  1. futile(Adjective)

    Incapable of producing results; useless; not successful; not worth attempting.

  2. Origin: From futilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Futile(verb)

    talkative; loquacious; tattling

  2. Futile(verb)

    of no importance; answering no useful end; useless; vain; worthless

  3. 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

  1. Futile

    fū′tīl, adj. useless: unavailing: trifling.—adv. Fū′tilely.—ns. Futilitā′rian, one who gives himself to profitless pursuits; Futil′ity, uselessness. [Fr.,—L. futilisfundĕre, to pour.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of futile in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of futile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ken Owen:

    Once in five years we get a chance to voice our disapproval, a futile exercise.

  2. Yukio Mishima:

    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.

  3. Clarence Darrow:

    We know life is futile. A man who considers that his life is of very wonderful importance is awfully close to a padded cell.

  4. Sepp Blatter:

    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.

  5. Woodrow Wilson:

    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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