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futile

adjective abortive, barren, bootless, feckless, gainless, hopeless, inanis, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, insignificant, inutile, nugatory, otiose, profitless, resultless, unavailing, unfruitful, unimportant, unproductive, unprofitable, unsubstantial, unsuccessful, useless, vain, vanus, wasted, worthless
Associated concepts: failure to exhaust a futile remedy
Foreign phrases: Lex neminem cogit ad vana seu inutilia peragenda.The law compels no one to do futile or useless things. Lex nil facit frustra, nil jubet frustra. The law does not do anything nor commands anyone to do anything which would be futile.
See also: expendable, idle, ineffectual, invalid, minor, needless, nugatory, otiose, powerless, unavailing, unproductive
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Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar told a news conference in Gaza that they reject these futile talks, and consider them purely a means for the occupation to look good to the international community.
Bashar al-Assad must understand that his struggle to retain power is futile and that nothing will stop the Syrian people s march to a democratic future," French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.
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Nations must learn to live in peace, And futile wars must surely cease.
Dr Mark Wright, consultant hepatologist at Southampton General Hospital, said: "Detoxing for just a month in January is medically futile.