Futile Definition

fyo͝otl, fyo͝otīl
That could not succeed; useless; vain.
Webster's New World
Having no useful result; ineffectual.
A futile attempt to renegotiate the contract.
American Heritage
Lacking vigor or purpose; inept or ineffective.
Webster's New World
Trifling or unimportant.
Webster's New World

Origin of Futile

  • From Middle French futile, from Latin fūtilis.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin fūtilis gheu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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