Synonyms for futile

Grammar : Adj
Spell : fyoot-l, fyoo-tahyl
Phonetic Transcription : ˈfyut l, ˈfyu taɪl

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Définition of futile

Origin :
  • 1550s, from Middle French futile, from Latin futilis "vain, worthless, futile," literally "pouring out easily" (of a vessel), hence "easily emptied, leaky, unreliable," from base of fundere "pour, melt," from PIE root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Related: Futilely.
  • adj hopeless, pointless
Example sentences :
  • The effort to make them "disgorge" is as continual as it is noisy, and, as a rule, futile.
  • Extract from : « 'Tis Sixty Years Since » by Charles Francis Adams
  • So, she fought no more, but left destiny to work its will unhampered by her futile strivings.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • But his well-meant attempt to assuage the stricken creature's wo was futile.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • He felt suddenly young and futile; his just rage turned to blustering in his ears.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He should therefore smile at the futile attempt to excite his jealousy.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • As he turned he saw something that checked his futile anger.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • "I was not speaking," said Miss Whitmore, haughtily, in futile denial.
  • Extract from : « Chip, of the Flying U » by B. M. Bower
  • But it is futile to engage in the controversies of the past.
  • Extract from : « The Story of the Malakand Field Force » by Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Any attempt to gloze the situation, he felt, would be futile.
  • Extract from : « The Black Bag » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • It had been a futile warfare, for the means of defence were equal to the means of offence.
  • Extract from : « City of Endless Night » by Milo Hastings

Antonyms for futile

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