Meaning of futile in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfjuːtʌɪl/

See synonyms for futile

Translate futile into Spanish


  • Incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.

    ‘a futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage’
    • ‘it is futile to allocate blame for this’
    • ‘Although residents put up pockets of resistance, their attempts were largely futile.’
    • ‘You shift from one leg to the other, but know that that is a fairly futile attempt to relieve your discomfort.’
    • ‘They do not show an act of suicide but an attempt, however futile, to escape death.’
    • ‘His men made repeated but ultimately futile attempts to retrieve his body from no-man's land.’
    • ‘I glanced carelessly at the door, in a futile attempt to change the subject.’
    • ‘Worrying over the results after the exam is a futile exercise as you cannot alter the result.’
    • ‘She is given a terminal diagnosis and told treatment is futile by a consultant as soon as the results are revealed.’
    • ‘It will be futile and fruitless, but at least it will voice my opinion and ease some of my frustrations.’
    • ‘A lack of evidence in absence of harm cannot be interpreted as useless or futile.’
    • ‘If the West's behaviour is futile, it is because the tide of history is against it.’
    • ‘I am sorry that I missed my chance this evening to register my protest, futile though it would have been.’
    • ‘I could get so accustomed to his company, which is futile since he heads away late next week.’
    • ‘It is futile because we cannot fully join the ranks and chase what is called the American Dream.’
    • ‘Therefore, the whole political campaign against the extreme right is futile.’
    • ‘So it's a futile effort to try to climb up to God, which is why he sent his son to be our savior.’
    • ‘Resistance was futile, and over time many grew to love their new mechanical master.’
    • ‘All attempts to coax him to play with educational toys proved painful and futile.’
    • ‘Such is the nature of journalism and it is perhaps futile to bemoan it.’
    • ‘Tourism should not be allowed to become another football for the tiresome and futile political arena.’
    • ‘Everyone could sense it was futile, but at least for half an hour they got a chance at some semblance of competition.’
    fruitless, vain, pointless
    View synonyms


Mid 16th century from Latin futilis ‘leaky, futile’, apparently from fundere ‘pour’.