[fyoot-l, fyoo-tahyl]
incapable of producing any result; ineffective; useless; not successful: Attempting to force-feed the sick horse was futile.
trifling; frivolous; unimportant.

1545–55; < Latin fūtilis, futtilis easily broken, vain, worthless, equivalent to fūt- (akin to fundere to pour, melt) + -ilis -ile

futilely, adverb
futileness, noun
nonfutile, adjective
unfutile, adjective

1. See useless.
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futile (ˈfjuːtaɪl)
1.  having no effective result; unsuccessful
2.  pointless; unimportant; trifling
3.  inane or foolish: don't be so futile!
[C16: from Latin futtilis pouring out easily, worthless, from fundere to pour out]

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from M.Fr. futile, from L. futilis "vain, worthless, futile," lit. "pouring out easily" (of a vessel), hence "easily emptied, leaky, unreliable," from base of fundere "pour, melt," from PIE *gheu- "to pour" (see found (2)). Related: Futilely.
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Example sentences
Those efforts proved futile, and he let his hair grow.
To critique how the dinosaurs and monsters were drawn would be a futile
Steering her was futile, and the vessel slid slowly down the wall of the gyre.
Two million people wandered the country in a futile quest for work.
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