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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Definitions for inutile

  1. of no use or service.

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Citations for inutile
There was an elevated sluiceway, part wood, part concrete: porous, pocked, inutile, filled with silt and more debris. John McPhee, "A Reporter at Large: Minihydro," The New Yorker, February 23, 1981
Allow me a further digression: another icon of the London streets is the police box, a blue booth about the size of a telephone box (itself yet another London icon, now utterly inutile). Will Self, "Fare Grounds," New York Times Magazine, November 28, 2012
Origin of inutile
late Middle English
1400-1450
Inutile comes from the Latin term ūtilis meaning "useful" with the negative prefix in-. It entered English in the 1400s.