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Definitions for futility
fyuˈtɪl ɪ tifu·til·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. futilitynoun

    uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result


  1. futilitynoun

    The quality of being futile or useless.

    His taking the bar exam for a third time was pure futility.

  2. futilitynoun

    Something, especially an act, that is futile.

  3. futilitynoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Futilitynoun

    Etymology: futilité, French, from futile.

    This fable does not strike so much at the futility of women, as at the incontinent levity of a prying humour. Roger L'Estrange.

    Trifling futility appears in their signs of the zodiack, and their mutual relations and aspects. Richard Bentley.


  1. futility

    Futility generally refers to an action or effort that is pointless because it has no chance of success or producing any meaningful results. It can also refer to a useless object or undertaking. It signifies ineffectiveness, uselessness, and fruitlessness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Futilitynoun

    the quality of being talkative; talkativeness; loquaciousness; loquacity

  2. Futilitynoun

    the quality of producing no valuable effect, or of coming to nothing; uselessness

  3. Etymology: [L. futilitas: cf. F. futilit.]


  1. Futility

    Futility is Dååth's first self-released album. The cover painting was created by Amber Boardman.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of futility in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of futility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of futility in a Sentence

  1. William O. Douglas:

    The truth is that a vast restructuring of our society is needed if remedies are to become available to the average person. Without that restructuring the good will that holds society together will be slowly dissipated. It is that sense of futility which permeates the present series of protests and dissents. Where there is a persistent sense of futility, there is violence; and that is where we are today.

  2. Richard Isaacson:

    The futility analyses showed the studies were most likely to fail.

  3. Duncan Bew:

    What we can't have is communities having a sense of futility, that violence is inevitable. They deserve better, violence does exhibit similar patterns to contagious disease. We know that. It can be prevented.

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

  5. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    It wouldn't produce the result that Sen. Cruz and I would both like to produce, so therefore, it would be an exercise in futility.

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    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
    • A. soft-witted
    • B. butch
    • C. adscripted
    • D. arbitrary

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