Adjective "futile" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.
  1. 'it is futile to allocate blame for this'
  2. 'I glanced carelessly at the door, in a futile attempt to change the subject.'
  3. 'I am sorry that I missed my chance this evening to register my protest, futile though it would have been.'
  4. 'If the West's behaviour is futile, it is because the tide of history is against it.'
  5. 'Worrying over the results after the exam is a futile exercise as you cannot alter the result.'
  6. 'Everyone could sense it was futile, but at least for half an hour they got a chance at some semblance of competition.'
  7. 'I could get so accustomed to his company, which is futile since he heads away late next week.'
  8. 'Such is the nature of journalism and it is perhaps futile to bemoan it.'
  9. 'You shift from one leg to the other, but know that that is a fairly futile attempt to relieve your discomfort.'
  10. 'Therefore, the whole political campaign against the extreme right is futile.'
  11. 'They do not show an act of suicide but an attempt, however futile, to escape death.'


1. incapable of producing any result; ineffective; useless; not successful: Attempting to force-feed the sick horse was futile.

2. trifling; frivolous; unimportant.

More examples(as adjective)

"attempts can be futile as funds."

"sciences can be futile for governments."

"jettings can be futile against slurries."

"attempts can be futile in long-runs."

"attempts can be futile."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin futilis ‘leaky, futile’, apparently from fundere ‘pour’.