Synonyms for futile
ˈfyut l, ˈfyu taɪlfu·tile
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Vain (Latin vanus, empty) keeps the etymological idea through all changes of meaning; a vain endeavor is empty of result, or of adequate power to produce a result, a vain pretension is empty or destitute of support, a vain person has a conceit that is empty or destitute of adequate cause or reason. That which is bootless, fruitless, or profitless fails to accomplish any valuable result; that which is abortive, ineffectual, or unavailing fails to accomplish a result that it was, or was supposed to be, adapted to accomplish. That which is useless, futile, or vain is inherently incapable of accomplishing a specified result. Useless, in the widest sense, signifies not of use for any valuable purpose, and is thus closely similar to valueless and worthless. Fruitless is more final than ineffectual, as applying to the sum or harvest of endeavor. That which is useless lacks actual fitness for a purpose; that which is vain lacks imaginable fitness. Compare VACANT; OSTENTATION; PRIDE.
Compare synonyms for UTILITY.
abortive, baseless, bootless, deceitful, delusive, empty, fruitless, idle, inconstant, ineffectual, nugatory, null, profitless, shadowy, trifling, trivial, unavailing, unimportant, unprofitable, unreal, unsatisfying, unserviceable, unsubstantial, useless, vain, vapid, visionary, worthless
adequate, advantageous, beneficial, competent, effective, efficient, expedient, potent, powerful, profitable, real, serviceable, solid, sound, substantial, sufficient, useful, valid, valuable, worthy
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futile, ineffectual, otiose, unavailingadjective
producing no result or effect
"a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt"
senseless, ineffectual, bootless, work-shy, otiose, vain, purposeless, slothful, superfluous, unavailing, sleeveless, indolent, uneffective, faineant, pointless, wasted, unable, lazy, ineffective, fruitless
bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vainadjective
unproductive of success
"a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
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This event is a futile attempt on the part of the United States and South Korea to give credibility to the Commission of Inquiry report amid increasing skepticism ... the report was based on fabricated forced testimonies.
Constitutional development must be built on the basis of the Basic Law and the decision of (China's) NPCSC (National People's Congress Standing Committee), otherwise it would only be futile and impractical and the aim of universal suffrage for the CE (Chief Executive) election would only become a 'castle in the air'.
If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death No death may be called futile.
Once in five years we get a chance to voice our disapproval, a futile exercise.
Everything starts with a step, we are contacting all 209 federations to engage with them, probably futile in a lot of cases, but we will engage.
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- fútilCatalan, Valencian
- vergeblich, sinnlosGerman
- fútil, inútilSpanish
- پوچ, بى فايده, عبثPersian
- toivoton, tulokseton, turhaFinnish
- faoin, dìomhainScottish Gaelic
- 無駄, 無用, 無益Japanese
- 효과 없는Korean
- futile, futilisLatin
- အလဟဿဖြစ်သော, အချည်းနှီးဖြစ်သောBurmese
- chʼééhNavajo, Navaho
- тщетный, бесполезный, напрасный, бесплодныйRussian
- nepatrný, zbytočný, márnySlovak
- meningslös, lönlös, fåfängSwedish
- vô íchVietnamese
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