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OTHER WORDS FROM futilefu·tile·ly, adverbfu·tile·ness, nounnon·fu·tile, adjectiveun·fu·tile, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for futile
Locals threw buckets of dirt on the craft in a futile attempt to extinguish the flames.
That might explain why its rays were so futile when it came to getting temperatures to rise today.PM Update: Hard freeze tonight for much of the area, then we start warming up Thursday|Ian Livingston|November 18, 2020|Washington Post
After a futile possession by the Jets, the Patriots got the ball back at their 22-yard line with 47 seconds to play.The Patriots’ season isn’t fixed, but at least they avoided losing to the Jets|Mark Maske|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
Without the ability to know the source of the data, permanently opting out of cookie tracking was generally futile.
Trapping him is futile, given that few big men can contain Walker in space, and dropping too low lets him feast in areas where he’s very comfortable.Give Boston’s Kemba Walker A Double Pick And Watch Him Work|Michael Pina|August 31, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
But conservatism now feels a lot like liberalism did in 1984 and 1985, back when I was futilely shoveling away that snow.
I have spent the many years since trying, futilely, to catch up.Inside the NYT Book Review: ‘How I Write’ Interviews Sam Tanenhaus|Noah Charney|August 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Israel is quick to laud those who fought the Nazis, no matter how futilely, over those who went powerless to their deaths.
Futilely, and in desperation he strained at the controls for a moment and then, with a roar of fury, he turned back to the doctor.Rescue Squad|Thomas J. O'Hara
Maida's voice, futilely attempting to broadcast over the uproar.Tarrano the Conqueror|Raymond King Cummings
Bernheim had treated him futilely for months and was curious to know how he had been cured.Health Through Will Power|James J. Walsh
Houston reeled with the effect of it; he gasped, he struggled aimlessly, futilely, for words to answer it.The White Desert|Courtney Ryley Cooper
The mud-stained grey figures struck at him wildly, futilely.War and the Weird|Forbes Phillips