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futility

[ fyoo-til-i-tee ]
/ fyuˈtɪl ɪ ti /
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noun, plural fu·til·i·ties for 2, 3.
the quality of being futile; ineffectiveness; uselessness.
a trifle or frivolity: the large collection of futilities that clutter our minds.
a futile act or event.
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Origin of futility

From the Latin word fūtilitās, dating back to 1615–25. See futile, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for futility

futility
/ (fjuːˈtɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties
lack of effectiveness or success
lack of purpose or meaning
something futile
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