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futile
used in Cujo

2 uses
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Definition
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • "I can't get my seatbelt unhooked," Tad said, scratching futilely at the buckle release.
futilely = in a manner that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • She had no idea how long, in real time, she sat hunched over the wheel with her hair hanging in her eyes, futilely grinding the starter.

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