What does futile mean?

Definitions for futile
ˈfyut l, ˈfyu taɪlfu·tile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. futile, ineffectual, otiose, unavailingadjective

    producing no result or effect

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

  2. bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vainadjective

    unproductive of success

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

Wiktionary

  1. futileadjective

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

  2. Etymology: From futilis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FUTILEadjective

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Futileverb

    talkative; loquacious; tattling

  2. Futileverb

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

  3. 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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. futileverb

    useless, pointless

    It is futile to blame workers.


    Submitted by anonymous on November 11, 2021  

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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. Caroline Isemann:

    We look at each patient's individual circumstances and how to remain in compliance with all current state laws to the best of our ability, even if a specific diagnosis falls under medically futile exceptions provided by( the Louisiana Department of Health), the laws addressing treatment methods are much more complex and seemingly contradictory.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    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.

  3. Robert Smith:

    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.

  4. Patriots CEO Robert Kraft:

    While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me, knowing that there is no real recourse available, fighting The NFL and extending this debate would prove to be futile.

  5. Leah McKendrick:

    As a very young actress, I felt like nobody would protect me, trying to protect other actresses felt futile, too.

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