[ in-yoo-til ]
See synonyms for inutile on
  1. 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

Other words from inutile

  • in·u·tile·ly, adverb

Words Nearby inutile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inutile in a sentence

  • "Ils se flattrent de mriter le ciel en se rendant parfaitement inutile la terre" (p. xviii).

    Baron d'Holbach | Max Pearson Cushing
  • It is true that it would have been inutile, for no incident occurred to put the colonists to any painful trial.

    The Secret of the Island | W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
  • As Christy's plan was not in order, would be inutile, the business of the visitors at the islands was finished.

    Fighting for the Right | Oliver Optic
  • The faint swarming toward the light and the rending of the sphere of hope, frustrate, inutile.

    Melomaniacs | James Huneker
  • The tribe were about to cook poor little Verva because her mother was dead, and she seemed a bouche inutile.

    In the Wrong Paradise | Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for inutile


/ (ɪnˈjuːtaɪl, ˌɪnjuːˈtɪlɪtɪ) /

  1. rare useless; unprofitable

Derived forms of inutile

  • inutilely, adverb
  • inutility, noun

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