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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfjuː.taɪl/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈfju.taɪl/, /ˈfju.təl/
- Rhymes: -uːtəl (US)
- Incapable of producing results; doomed not to be successful; not worth attempting.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698, page 46:
- No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or […] . And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.
- 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828:
- There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. […] Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
incapable of producing results
futile (plural futiles)
- “futile”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
futile (plural futili)
- futile in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
fūtile (not comparable)
- “futile”, in Charlton T[homas] Lewis; Charles [Lancaster] Short (1879) […] A New Latin Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.: American Book Company; Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- “futile”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- futile in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette