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inutility

[in-yoo-til-i-tee]
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noun, plural in·u·til·i·ties for 2.
  1. uselessness.
  2. a useless thing or person.
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Origin of inutility

From the Latin word inūtilitās, dating back to 1590–1600. See inutile, -ity
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Examples from the Web for inutility

Historical Examples

  • 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.


Word Origin and History for inutility

n.

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

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