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futile
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Definition effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • Negotiations between the opposing parties are increasingly looking futile.
  • futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • Resistance is futile.
  • futile years after her artistic peak
  • He had worked very hard, it would be too cruel if all that industry were futile.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • In a moment, he will realize it's futile, she can't be saved.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • I have hope that Mr. Boutwell will be reasonable enough to see the futility of massive resistance to desegregation.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • futility = pointlessness (uselessness)
  • I knew a phone call would be useless, a futile gesture.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • Think of them, ready to do battle, riding out to glory, only to find that none of it matters. That their gesture is futile.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • He was an elderly man now, and it would be futile and impudent to correct him.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • All my efforts for mere survival seemed futile.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • futile = pointless because there was no chance of success
  • Should Rowan continue this futile resistance, all it holds dear will perish in agony.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • futile = effort that is pointless because it will be unproductive or unsuccessful
  • Halfway there, the ocean reached his neck and the futility of the situation finally hit him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • futility = pointlessness (uselessness)
  • my tongue will not utter the bitter, futile words that rise to my lips, and they fall back into my heart like unshed tears.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • futile = pointless because they would be unproductive
  • I don't let myself question the futility of it.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • futility = pointless effort
  • They say they need only sit inside their defenses while you wear yourselves out in futile attack.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • It was coming to him that perhaps all life as he knew it and vigorously practised it was futile;
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • futile = pointless effort
  • Unless we win, all other things are futile.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • futile = pointless
  • What he was doing—indeed, his whole life—now seemed to him completely futile.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • When feeling love exists in us, ennobling,
    Each well-weighed word is futile and soul-saddening!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful

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