What does futile mean?

Definitions for futile
ˈfyut l, ˈfyu taɪlfu·tile

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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.]

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How to say futile in sign language?

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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

Examples of futile in a Sentence

  1. Manolis Glezos:

    No struggle for what you believe in is ever futile.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    It is futile to spend time telling stories about the fleetness of each day.

  3. Ken Owen:

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

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Finding the happiness within is difficult but looking for happiness outside is futile.

  5. Norman Vincent Peale:

    The how thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile ifs.

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