An example of futile is someone trying to stop a plane that has already left the ground.
- that could not succeed; useless; vain
- lacking vigor or purpose; inept or ineffective
- trifling or unimportant
Origin of futile; from French or L: French futile ; from Classical Latin futilis, literally , that easily pours out, hence untrustworthy, worthless, futile ; from base of fundere: see found
Origin of futileLatin f&umacron;tilis; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more futile, superlative most futile)
- Incapable of producing results; useless; not successful; not worth attempting.
From Middle French futile, from Latin fūtilis.