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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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I'm back at Tracksters sitting at a table, futilely studying the racing form.
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.
But the company filed for bankruptcy in 2008, leaving a partly finished plant, as it futilely tried to find financing to complete the project.
0000014 sq ft of space to claim as your own, you're then doomed to five minutes of mobile phone torture whilst you await company - that torture is usually represented by the following scene, performed at a futilely loud volume: You: "Hello?
Through the truly terrible period, while wise voices warned futilely against the "politics of the last atrocity", tens of thousands of people in the least advantaged areas on "both sides" were swept up in the murderous and ultimately pointless drama.
While some others closed down for good because they did not comply with the new regulations and waited futilely till the last day, hoping the time will be extended, it stated.
A p-type semiconductor doesn't have enough electrons to balance out the positive charges of its atoms; as electrons hop back and forth between atoms, trying futilely to keep them electrically balanced, holes flow through the semiconductor, in much the way waves propagate across water molecules that locally move back and forth by very small distances.
In the title story a pre-teen vanishes from her home and while the adults search futilely, Marissa's life hangs in the balance as a warped classmate enacts a horrifying legend.
AS THE setting sun stained the ramshackle white of the town's houses a burnished rose and the remnants of the dying heat shimmered futilely around the sweating crowds; a gun cracked.
The woman described how the driver then drove away, speeding past her friends, who futilely tried to flag him down, before taking her on a "terrifying" 45-minute ride through deserted back roads.