inutile

[ in-yoo-til ]
/ ɪnˈyu tɪl /

adjective

of no use or service.

Nearby words

  1. inupik,
  2. inurbane,
  3. inure,
  4. inured,
  5. inurn,
  6. inutility,
  7. inutterable,
  8. inuvik,
  9. inv.,
  10. invade

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inutile

inutile

/ (ɪnˈjuːtaɪl, ˌɪnjuːˈtɪlɪtɪ) /

adjective

rare useless; unprofitable
Derived Formsinutilely, adverbinutility, noun

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Word Origin and History for inutile

inutile

adj.

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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