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.
The best line of his speech: “Words seem so futile, so feeble.”
But The Killing threw away all of its promise by turning the second half of the season into a futile red herring chase.
Have I not always striven to convince you that your hopes were futile?
So, she fought no more, but left destiny to work its will unhampered by her futile strivings.
He waged a futile war with Sweden which cost blood and treasure, but brought no advantage to either of the combatants.
But his well-meant attempt to assuage the stricken creature's wo was futile.
It was futile, of course, but this time it seemed to him that the sill and the plank to which it was attached gave a little.
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.