V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. unlikely to produce a useful or desired result--useless or ineffective; 2. lacking substance or value

Synonyms: pointless, hopeless, useless, ineffective, ineffectual, unproductive, worthless, profitless, fruitless, trivial, negligible

Antonyms: useful, significant

Tips: Something described as futile is without hope. (i.e: "You may as well give up; it's futile."

Usage Examples:

Due to bad weather, the team's attempt to climb Mt. Everest proved futile once again. (fruitless, ineffectual)

My attempt to get ahead on the project seemed futile, as each week, my responsibilities kept piling up. (hopeless, useless)

The poor guy! He made several, futile attempts to win her affection, but she never took notice of him. (ineffectual, fruitless)

After the great success of her first novel, the author spent several futile years looking for new subject matter, but seemed destined to remain in a state of "writer's block." (unproductive, fruitless)

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