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.

    Etymology: From futilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Futile(verb)

    talkative; loquacious; tattling

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Futile(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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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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. Ken Owen:

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

  3. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday:

    When we began this campaign, we were told by political pundits and all of the great experts out there, they said, 'Bernie, if you want to run a serious national campaign, you have to understand that it requires a whole lot of money. Otherwise it's really a futile effort. And the only way you can raise all of that money is through a super PAC,' we decided not to do that. I do not represent corporate America, I don't represent the billionaire class. So we decided we don't want their money, we're not going to ask for their money. But then the question was, 'Can we turn out enough money to run a serious campaign?' Well, it turns out we can, and that with an extraordinary outpouring of support from the middle class and working families of this country, we have received 2.3 million individual contributions. And that is just mind-blowing to me.

  4. Quadrilateral Coordination Group:

    We reject all such rumors and unequivocally state that the leader of Islamic Emirate has not authorized anyone to participate in this meeting, (Islamic Emirate) once again reiterates that unless the occupation of Afghanistan is ended, black lists eliminated and innocent prisoners freed, such futile misleading negotiations will not bear any results.

  5. Pat Toomey:

    President Trump's call with Northwest Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger represents a new low in this whole futile and sorry episode, i commend Republican election officials across the country who have discharged their duties with integrity over the past two months while weathering relentless pressure, disinformation, and attacks from the president and his campaign.

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