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
No the whole point of this little exercise in futility is to be able to point at this legislation and claim some credit for “protecting ppl from net nasties” with whichever special interest group the pollie or bureacrat is currently trying to curry favour with.
This sense of futility is what makes the project we're sharing with you today so interesting.
Some people think they can use drugs to fix these genetic defectives, but that's obviously an exercise in futility – you can't overcome something that's embedded in every cell in your body.
(Telling a bookstore employee that a book is on the wrong shelf is generally an exercise in futility, so I would have had to go for it alone.)
When will he realize that futility is the act of making the same mistakes over and over again yet expecting a different result?
I quit doing that, it was an exercise in futility, and it seemed that many Mexicans wanted to steal an Alaska license plate as a souvenir.
Chalk your whole existence up as an exercise in futility, doc.
Crist would have watched in futility as his chances for Senate retirement would have disintegrated in the cauldron of primary day tempestuousness.
This is not long-term futility like those 101 years for the Cubs or 60 percent losses for the New Orleans Saints.
The cartoon seemed to write the word futility large across his page.