Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of having no useful result; uselessness.
  • n. Lack of importance or purpose; frivolousness.
  • n. A futile act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being futile or useless.
  • n. Something, especially an act, that is futile.
  • n. Unimportance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being talkative; talkativeness; loquaciousness; loquacity.
  • n. The quality of producing no valuable effect, or of coming to nothing; uselessness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or character of being futile
  • n. The qnality of producing no valuable effect; uselessness; triflingness; unimportance; want of weight or result: as, the futility of measures or schemes; to expose the futility of arguments.
  • n. Synonyms Nouns formed from adjectives under futile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result

Etymologies

futile +‎ -ity (Wiktionary)

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  • You must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Ephesians 4:17-18.

    July 16, 2011