Definition of futile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfjuːtaɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːtl//
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having no purpose because there is no chance of success synonym pointless a futile attempt/exercise/gesture Their efforts to revive him were futile. It would be futile to protest. My appeal proved futile. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin futilis ‘leaky, futile’, apparently from fundere ‘pour’.Extra examples Their attempts were impressive but ultimately futile. an utterly futile struggle for justice It was a futile gesture as the real damage had already been done. It would be futile to protest. She made one last futile effort to unlock the door. She wrapped her arms around her in a futile attempt to keep warm.
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