Nostalgia for the more egalitarian economy of the 1950s and 1960s is futile and misplaced.
I knew this was futile so I called in again and pressed zero again.
It seems to me futile to try to rank order the wealth of presidents and presidential wannabes over time.
1550s, from Middle French futile, from Latin futilis "vain, worthless, futile," literally "pouring out easily" (of a vessel), hence "easily emptied, leaky, unreliable," from base of fundere "pour, melt," from PIE root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Related: Futilely.