futile

  • 1 futile — [ fytil ] adj. • XIVe; lat. futilis 1 ♦ Qui est dépourvu de sérieux, qui ne mérite pas qu on s y arrête. ⇒ insignifiant. Discours, propos futiles. ⇒ creux, frivole, vain, vide. Sous le prétexte le plus futile. ⇒ léger; puéril. S occuper de choses …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 futile — futile, vain, fruitless, bootless, abortive all denote barren of result. Futile and vain parallel each other only when they imply failure to realize an immediate aim {it was equally in vain, and he soon wearied of his futile vigilance Stevenson}… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Futile — Fu tile (?; 277), a. [L. futilis that easily pours out, that easily lets loose, vain, worthless, from the root of fundere to pour out: cf. F. futile. See {Fuse}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Talkative; loquacious; tattling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 futile — [fyo͞ot′ l; ] chiefly Brit & Cdn [, fyo͞o′tīl΄] adj. [< Fr or L: Fr futile < L futilis, lit., that easily pours out, hence untrustworthy, worthless, futile < base of fundere: see FOUND3] 1. a) that could not succeed; useless; vain b)… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 futile — I adjective abortive, barren, bootless, feckless, fruitless, futilis, gainless, hopeless, inanis, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, insignificant, inutile, nugatory, otiose, profitless, resultless, unavailing, unfruitful, unimportant,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 futile — 1550s, from M.Fr. futile, from L. futilis vain, worthless, futile, lit. pouring out easily (of a vessel), hence easily emptied, leaky, unreliable, from base of fundere pour, melt, from PIE root *gheu to pour (see FOUND (Cf. found) (2)). Related:… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 futile — FUTILE. adj. de tout genre. Frivole, Qui est de peu de consequence, de peu de consideration. Raison futile. discours futile …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 8 futile — / futile/ agg. [dal lat. futĭlis, propr. che lascia scorrere ]. 1. [privo di profondità, di scarsa serietà: argomenti, discorsi f. ] ▶◀ e ◀▶ [➨ frivolo (1)]. 2. [di scarso peso, di poca importanza: litigare per f. motivi ] ▶◀ banale,… …

    Enciclopedia Italiana

  • 9 futile — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ producing no useful result; pointless. DERIVATIVES futilely adverb futility noun. ORIGIN Latin futilis leaky, futile …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Futĭle — (röm. Ant.), Opfergefäße in dem Tempel der Vesta, ohne Füße …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 11 FUTILE — Lutatio ad Stat. Theb. l. 7. v. 297. vas fuit lato ove, quo utebantur in sacris Deae Vestae; quia aqua ad sacra Vestae in terra non ponitur, quod si fiat, piaculumest, ideo excogitatum est vas, quod stare non posset, sed si positum statim… …

    Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • 12 futile — [adj] hopeless, pointless abortive, barren, bootless, delusive, empty, exhausted, forlorn, fruitless, hollow, idle, impracticable, impractical, ineffective, ineffectual, insufficient, in vain, no dice*, nugatory, on a treadmill*, otiose, out the… …

    New thesaurus

  • 13 futile — adj. futile to + inf. (it s futile to speculate about what might have been = it s futile speculating about what might have been) * * * [ fjuːtaɪl] futile to + inf. (it s futile to, speculate about what might have been = it s futile speculating… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 futile — fu|tile [ˈfju:taıl US tl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: futilis that pours out easily, useless ] actions that are futile are useless because they have no chance of being successful = ↑pointless a futile attempt/effort ▪ a futile attempt… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 Futile (EP) — Infobox Album Name = Futile Type = ep Longtype = Artist = Porcupine Tree Released = 2003 Recorded = 2002 Genre = Progressive rock Length = Label = Lava/Atlantic Producer = Reviews = Last album = Lava Records Pre Cleared Songs for Film Vol. 1 2003 …

    Wikipedia

  • 16 futile — adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin futilis brittle, pointless, probably from fu (akin to fundere to pour) more at found Date: circa 1555 1. serving no useful purpose ; completely ineffective < efforts to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 futile — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove, seem ▪ consider sth, describe sth as ▪ The president described these activities as futile. ADVERB …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 futile — fù·ti·le agg. CO di scarsa importanza, banale: argomento futile, discorso futile, una discussione per futili motivi Sinonimi: banale, fatuo, frivolo, superficiale, vacuo. Contrari: importante, serio. {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: av. 1459. ETIMO: dal… …

    Dizionario italiano

  • 19 futile — adjective actions that are futile are useless because they have no chance of being successful: a futile attempt to save the paintings from the flames | be futile to do sth: It was futile to continue the negotiations. futility /fju: tIliti/ noun… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 FUTILE — adj. des deux genres Frivole, qui est de peu de conséquence, de peu de considération. Raisons futiles. Argument futile. Discours futiles. Un talent futile. Des écrits futiles. On le dit quelquefois Des personnes. C est un homme futile. De vains… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)


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