Definition of "futile" [fu•tile]

  • Having no useful result. (adjective)
  • Trifling and frivolous; idle: the futile years after her artistic peak. (adjective)
  • Having no effective result; unsuccessful (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Pointless; unimportant; trifling (adjective)
  • Inane or foolish (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "futile" in a sentence
  • "It will cost millions in marketing and promotion, or what I call a futile attempt and waste of shareholder equity."
  • "Cape Town after the union staged a go-slow following what it termed futile wage negotiations."
  • "Based on this dubious proposition, the researchers bizarrely advocate what they call "futile busyness, namely, busyness serving no purpose other than to prevent idleness.""