What does futility mean?

Definitions for futilityfyuˈtɪl ɪ ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. futility(noun)

    uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result

Wiktionary

  1. futility(Noun)

    The quality of being futile or useless.

    His taking the bar exam for a third time was pure futility.

  2. futility(Noun)

    Something, especially an act, that is futile.

  3. futility(Noun)

    Unimportance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Futility(noun)

    the quality of being talkative; talkativeness; loquaciousness; loquacity

  2. Futility(noun)

    the quality of producing no valuable effect, or of coming to nothing; uselessness

  3. Origin: [L. futilitas: cf. F. futilit.]

Freebase

  1. Futility

    Futility is Dååth's first self-released album. The cover painting was created by Amber Boardman.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of futility in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of futility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

  2. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    It wouldn't produce the result that Sen. Cruz and I would both like to produce, so therefore, it would be an exercise in futility.

  3. Eric Hoffer:

    The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility.

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

    Popular Christianity has for its emblem a gibbet, for its chief sensation a sanginary execution after torture, for its central mystery is an insane vengeance bought off by a trumpery expiation. But there is a nobler and profounder Christianity which affirms the sacred mystery of equality and forbids the glaring futility and folly of vengeance.

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