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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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Earlier this month, Iraqi government troops changed tactics and started charging at the Old City from the Northwest, having besieged the area for weeks futilely from the South.
An environmental replica of a standardized medical-center lobby, the piece was complete with New Age music, houseplants, magazines, tissue boxes, and a generic wall work that read, futilely, BELIEVE, DREAM, LIVE, SUCCEED, ACHIEVE.
Perhaps Twitter's limited growth prospects would be more tolerable on Wall Street if, instead of futilely chasing user growth to become more like Facebook, it better monetized the subset of its audience with the deepest engagement.
Last year I was sitting in Tracksters sports bar, futilely betting on horse races, when in walked Slim, who was an occasional, modest player of the ponies.
In this program, drug users, dealers, and cops interact futilely in a corrupt Baltimore.
Only hard-working bachelor Jonsen, one of Petterson's tough but generous mentor figures, futilely tries to bond with Tya, aids her escape, and later "adopts" Tommy.
Kate futilely attempts to elicit help from nearby villagers.
Until that changes, the two fallen giants - Newcastle United and Sunderland - will go on futilely competing for the wooden spoon of being North East Top Dogs.
He was the lawman futilely chasing the Duke brothers, often in the company of his droopy-faced basset hound Flash.
When faced with the opportunity to accept and transition new information into our lives, we instinctively spend our limited time and energies futilely resisting the inevitable: change.
Terriers, the name one of two rival gangs who battle fatally, and futilely, for supremacy on the mean streets of Liverpool, manages to tread a careful, even humorous, line between being educational and preachy.
Surprise, surprise, it's Solihull the King Canute of councils, futilely commanding the waves of progress to roll back.