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[in-yoo-til-i-tee] /ˌɪn yuˈtɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural inutilities for 2.
a useless thing or person.
Origin of inutility
From the Latin word inūtilitās, dating back to 1590-1600. See inutile, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As I grew more sensible of the labour of pursuing, I saw more of the inutility of accomplishing, individual measures.

    Falkland, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Nevertheless, the inutility of play is far from proven biologically.

  • He saw the inutility of his efforts; henceforth, prudence and courtly behavior put a seal upon his lips.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • The inutility of these attempts proved no manner of discouragement to the Spaniards.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • And she wrung her hands in intensity of conviction of the inutility of aught she could do.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The impolicy or inutility of sumptuary laws was not in this age acknowledged.

  • I tried to see the Jong Pen, but he pleaded illness, and the inutility of a meeting in which he had nothing new to disclose.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • All has been of no avail, and my efforts have only served to prove the inutility of my attempts.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • What I saw of it further convinced me of its undesirability, of its inutility.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • My remarks on the inutility of the measure were made in vain.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Word Origin and History for inutility

1590s, from Middle French inutilité (15c.), from Latin inutilitatem (nominative inutilitas) "uselessness," from inutilis (see inutile).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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