Not very (or not at all) effective or successful: Latin was of little avail in the practical affairs of life
More example sentences
- I was consulted by a young woman labouring under symptoms of diseased heart, and in whose case the application of the hand was of little avail on account of fatness.
- It is evident that the many efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy in East Lancashire have been of little avail when the rate remains among the highest in the country.
- Habits of thought and action formed this way are of little avail when we are confronted with tasks in which our social standing cannot influence the outcome of the act.