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  • futileness — noun see futile …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • futileness — n. quality of being ineffectual, useless, inability to produce results …   English contemporary dictionary

  • futileness — fu·tile·ness …   English syllables

  • futileness — noun see futile …   Useful english dictionary

  • futile — adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin futilis brittle, pointless, probably from fu (akin to fundere to pour) more at found Date: circa 1555 1. serving no useful purpose ; completely ineffective < efforts to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • futile — futilely, adv. futileness, n. /fyooht l, fyooh tuyl/, adj. 1. incapable of producing any result; ineffective; useless; not successful: Attempting to force feed the sick horse was futile. 2. trifling; frivolous; unimportant. [1545 55; < L futilis …   Universalium

  • futile — /ˈfjutaɪl / (say fyoohtuyl), Originally US / təl/ (say tuhl) adjective 1. incapable of producing any result; ineffective; useless; not successful. 2. Obsolete trifling; not important. {Latin fut(t)ilis untrustworthy, vain, literally, that easily… …  

  • futile — [fyo͞ot′ l; ] chiefly Brit & Cdn [, fyo͞o′tīl΄] adj. [< Fr or L: Fr futile < L futilis, lit., that easily pours out, hence untrustworthy, worthless, futile < base of fundere: see FOUND3] 1. a) that could not succeed; useless; vain b)… …   English World dictionary

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