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[in-yoo-til] /ɪnˈyu tɪl/
of no use or service.
Origin of inutile
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word inūtilis. See in-3, utile
Related forms
inutilely, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inutile
Historical Examples
  • The tune of her life had never sounded so discouragingly faint and inutile.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • There is a lot of inutile talk about "significant form" by propagandists of the New Æsthetic.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • M. France sees and notes many gestures, inutile or tragic, notes them with the enthralling simplicity of a complicated artist.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • inutile à dire que ses vêtements se trouvent imprégnés du “smell of india-rubber.”

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
  • Next she found the telephone wire cut and the speaking tube battered and inutile.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • As Christy's plan was not in order, would be inutile, the business of the visitors at the islands was finished.

    Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic
  • It is true that it would have been inutile, for no incident occurred to put the colonists to any painful trial.

    The Secret of the Island W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
  • There is no necessity of disputing the daring of this scheme, and just as inutile would be a discussion of its ethics.


    James Huneker
  • inutile de dcrire la surprise de mes parents la reception de cette lettre, qui fut bientt suivie par le retour de Catherine.

  • The faint swarming toward the light and the rending of the sphere of hope, frustrate, inutile.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for inutile


/ɪnˈjuːtaɪl; ˌɪnjuːˈtɪlɪtɪ/
(rare) useless; unprofitable
Derived Forms
inutilely, adverb
inutility, noun
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Word Origin and History for inutile

late 15c., from French inutile (12c., inutele), from Latin inutilis "useless, unprofitable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + utilis (see utility).

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