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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. 2018.
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  • The inutility of these attempts proved no manner of discouragement to the Spaniards.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • What I saw of it further convinced me of its undesirability, of its inutility.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • While putting his things in order he thought of the inutility of decorated rooms.

    En Route

    J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • And she wrung her hands in intensity of conviction of the inutility of aught she could do.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Nevertheless, the inutility of play is far from proven biologically.

  • It is a climax of unsaleability, unreadability, and inutility.

  • The impolicy or inutility of sumptuary laws was not in this age acknowledged.

  • It is an encouraging sight, and consoles me for the inutility of my past efforts.

    Protection and Communism Frederic Bastiat
  • All has been of no avail, and my efforts have only served to prove the inutility of my attempts.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • There is neither utility nor inutility unless there be also finality.

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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