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Webster 1913 Edition


Futile

Fu′tile

(?; 277)
,
Adj.
[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
,
Verb.
T.
]
1.
Talkative; loquacious; tattling.
[Obs.]
Talkers and
futile
persons.
Bacon.
2.
Of no importance; having no useful purpose; useless; vain; worthless; pointless.
Futile theories.”
I. Taylor.
His reasoning . . . was singularly
futile
.
Macaulay.

Webster 1828 Edition


Futile

FU'TILE

,
Adj.
[L. futilis, from futio, to pour out; effutio, to prate or babble; Heb. to utter rashly or foolishly.]
1.
Talkative; loquacious; tattling.
2.
Trifling; of no weight or importance; answering no valuable purpose; worthless.
3.
Of no effect.

Definition 2023


futile

futile

English

Adjective

futile (comparative more futile, superlative most futile)

  1. Incapable of producing results; useless; not successful; not worth attempting.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or [] . And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.
    • 1915, George A. Birmingham, chapter I”, in Gossamer (Project Gutenberg; EBook #24394), London: Methuen & Co., published 8 January 2013 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 558189256:
      There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. [] Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
    • 2011 December 15, Marc Higginson, Shamrock Rovers 0-4 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport:
      Goals from Steven Pienaar, Andros Townsend, Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane sealed the win, but Rubin Kazan's 1-1 draw against PAOK Salonika rendered Spurs' efforts futile.

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French

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Adjective

futile m, f (plural futiles)

  1. futile

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Italian

Adjective

futile m, f (masculine and feminine plural futili)

  1. futile

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Latin

Adjective

fūtile

  1. nominative neuter singular of fūtilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of fūtilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of fūtilis

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