of no use or service.

Origin of inutile

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word inūtilis. See in-3, utile
Related formsin·u·tile·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inutile

Historical Examples of inutile

  • The tune of her life had never sounded so discouragingly faint and inutile.


    James Huneker

  • There is a lot of inutile talk about "significant form" by propagandists of the New Æsthetic.


    James Huneker

  • M. France sees and notes many gestures, inutile or tragic, notes them with the enthralling simplicity of a complicated artist.


    James Huneker

  • Inutile à dire que ses vêtements se trouvent imprégnés du “smell of india-rubber.”

    Old Friends

    Andrew Lang

  • Next she found the telephone wire cut and the speaking tube battered and inutile.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for inutile



rare useless; unprofitable
Derived Formsinutilely, adverbinutility, noun
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Word Origin and History for inutile

late 15c., from French inutile (12c., inutele), from Latin inutilis "useless, unprofitable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + utilis (see utility).

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