Definition of futile in English:

futile

Syllabification: fu·tile
Pronunciation: /ˈfyo͞otl, -ˌtil
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

futilely

adverb
More example sentences
  • Most days at least one gets itself stuck in the house, usually trying valiantly but ultimately futilely to fly through one of our closed windows.
  • And I did spend a lot of time futilely trying to talk to the FBI press office about the flight.
  • With each retelling, the story of the men who died gloriously but futilely just a few miles from help has seemed increasingly ridiculous.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin futilis 'leaky, futile', apparently from fundere 'pour'.

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