without result, gain, or advantage; unavailing; useless.

before 1000; Middle English bot(e)les, Old English bōtlēas unpardonable. See boot2, -less

bootlessly, adverb
bootlessness, noun Unabridged
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bootless (ˈbuːtlɪs)
of little or no use; vain; fruitless: a bootless search
[Old English bōtlēas, from bōt compensation; Old Norse bótalauss]

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Word Origin & History

late O.E. botleas "unpardonable, not to be atoned for," from boot (2) + -less.
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Example sentences
But it is bootless asking for evidence of the weather, and money has become the weather of politics.
It seems bootless to keep on if my conviction has any merit.
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