Jonathan knew it was futile to catch the train once it started moving but he continued to run after it anyway.
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 futilefrom 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 fūtilis ; 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.