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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French futile, from Latin fūtilis.

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futile (comparative more futile, superlative most futile)

  1. Incapable of producing results; doomed not to be 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, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828:
      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.
    Synonym: useless

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin fūtilis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fy.til/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -il

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futile (plural futiles)

  1. futile

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin fūtilis (futile, worthless, literally that easily pours out).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfu.ti.le/, [ˈfuːt̪il̺e]
  • Rhymes: -utile
  • Stress: fùtile
  • Hyphenation: fu‧ti‧le

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futile (masculine and feminine plural futili)

  1. futile, frivolous, worthless

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  • futile in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

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AdjectiveEdit

fūtile

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

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