Definitions for futile
ˈfyut l, ˈfyu taɪlfu·tile
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futile, ineffectual, otiose, unavailingadjective
producing no result or effect
"a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt"
bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vainadjective
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.
Etymology: From futilis.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: futile, French; futilis, Latin.
One futile person, that maketh it his glory to tell, will do more hurt than many that know it their duty to conceal. Francis Bacon.
Futile refers to something that is incapable of producing any useful result; pointless or ineffective. It is often used to describe attempts or actions that are bound to fail or not lead to a favorable outcome.
talkative; loquacious; tattling
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
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
With only four legislative days left until the Republican Homeland Security Shutdown, Speaker Boehner made it clear that Speaker Boehner has no plan to avoid a government shutdown, the speaker's reliance on talking points and finger-pointing was a sad reflection of the fact that the Tea Party continues to hold the gavel as Senate Democrats insist on Senate Democrats futile anti-immigrant grandstanding.
Knowing that everything's futile but still fighting, still raging against the dying of the light -- that's what motivates me all the time ... If you hold that sense of futility in your head for too long, it can begin to eat into you. You can still be aware of it but find a place for it where you can actually exist comfortably and enjoy things.
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.
Once in five years we get a chance to voice our disapproval, a futile exercise.
We are here to add to the sum of human goodness. To prove the thing exists. And however futile each individual act of courage or generosity, self-sacrifice or grace-it still proves the thing exists. Each act adds to the fund. It needs replenishment. Not only because evil flourishes, and is, most indefensibly, defended. But because goodness is no longer a respectable aim in life. The hound of hell, envy, has driven it from the house.
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- fútilCatalan, Valencian
- vergeblich, sinnlosGerman
- fútil, inútilSpanish
- پوچ, بى فايده, عبثPersian
- toivoton, tulokseton, turhaFinnish
- faoin, dìomhainScottish Gaelic
- 無駄, 無用, 無益Japanese
- 효과 없는Korean
- futile, futilisLatin
- အလဟဿဖြစ်သော, အချည်းနှီးဖြစ်သောBurmese
- chʼééhNavajo, Navaho
- тщетный, бесполезный, напрасный, бесплодныйRussian
- nepatrný, zbytočný, márnySlovak
- meningslös, lönlös, fåfängSwedish
- vô íchVietnamese
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