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Origin of futile
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OTHER WORDS FROM futilefu·tile·ly, adverbfu·tile·ness, nounnon·fu·tile, adjectiveun·fu·tile, adjective
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First, they must be trained, and training large numbers of animals that don’t live very long is expensive, time-consuming, and somewhat futile.
The Washington Post and 17 other newspapers obtained their own set of the papers from Ellsberg and continued to publish as federal prosecutors dashed from city to city in a futile effort to obtain injunctions that would stop the presses.
Local leaders protest, but those protests are futile, and rigid new security protocols are enforced.The danger of right-wing mobs is real. Fencing at the U.S. Capitol won’t help.|Philip Kennicott|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
Even after Wednesday’s riots, more than 100 lawmakers supported a futile attempt to overturn the election.Fox News wants its viewers angry enough to watch but not angry enough to riot|Peter Kafka|January 7, 2021|Vox
“We’ve been trying to get ahead of it, and plan and plan and get the details out, and we’ve figured out that that’s a pretty futile effort,” he said.Sales are up for the ski and snowboard industry despite COVID lockdowns|Rachel Schallom|December 16, 2020|Fortune
LONDON—You want to know how awful, futile, and dehumanizing war is?‘Fury’: A Ludicrous WWII Movie More Violent Than ‘Inglourious Basterds’|Nico Hines|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And that's why nearly all speculation, learned or otherwise, about the future directions of jazz is always futile.
There is probably nothing more futile for a celebrity to attempt than changing their name.
As a result, his rep rehab remains a lonely and futile mission.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps even the indefatigable John Kerry might be discouraged from more futile and dispiriting peace talks.Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East|Leslie H. Gelb|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her directness had made all possible 'buts' seem ridiculous and futile, and had made the expression of curiosity seem offensive.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
I kept a stiff backbone for a while, but presently a futile rage against circumstances bubbled up and boiled over.
And MacRae's patience snapped like a frayed thread before many minutes of futile query.
Her eyes are in a measure open now, but it is too late, and she rebels in the usual futile feminine way.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
There had been a round year of peace negotiations and futile truces, with warlike preparation in the background.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison