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. 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.

  2. Ayfer Ali:

    For this to work, people need to have a risk of infection in the community. If the virus has been temporarily cleared out, then the exercise is futile, the solution is to move to areas where the infection is being spread widely in the community – that would be countries like Brazil and Mexico at the moment.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

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

  4. Wayne Wright:

    There are enough representatives on both sides of the aisle that recognize that it's kind of futile, number one, English is not under threat in Wayne Wright. And number two, it's divisive.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    The clients are loyal to their benefits and not to any brand or sales person, so it is futile on part of an organisation to think that it can replicate its competitors’ business growth by just recruiting or poaching their star performer unless and until it offers him the same working policy, strategy, culture and environment.

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