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futility

[fyoo-til-i-tee] /fyuˈtɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural futilities for 2, 3.
1.
the quality of being futile; ineffectiveness; uselessness.
2.
a trifle or frivolity:
the large collection of futilities that clutter our minds.
3.
a futile act or event.
Origin of futility
1615-1625
From the Latin word fūtilitās, dating back to 1615-25. See futile, -ity
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  • It was evident that Dick perceived the futility of argument.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • As an instance of the futility of comparisons, I will mention one experience.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The futility of argument was apparent, and he turned and left the workshop.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • But I want you to understand the futility of all you may think needful to tell me.

  • The sight produced in him a melancholy impression of immensity and futility.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for futility

futility

/fjuːˈtɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
lack of effectiveness or success
2.
lack of purpose or meaning
3.
something futile
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Word Origin and History for futility
n.

1620s, from French futilité or directly from Latin futilitatem (nominative futilitas) "worthlessness," from futilis (see futile). Hence, jocular futilitarian (1827).

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