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futile attempt

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  • 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

  • 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

  • futile — [[t]fju͟ːtaɪl, AM t(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf If you say that something is futile, you mean there is no point in doing it, usually because it has no chance of succeeding. He brought his arm up in a futile attempt to ward off… …   English dictionary

  • futile — adjective they piled on thousands of sandbags in a futile attempt to hold back the river Syn: fruitless, vain, pointless, useless, ineffectual, ineffective, inefficacious, to no effect, of no use, in vain, to no avail, unavailing; unsuccessful,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • futile — [ˈfjuːtaɪl] adj certain to fail or be unsuccessful a futile attempt[/ex] futility [fjuːˈtɪləti] noun [U] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Futile medical care — refers to the belief that in cases where there is no hope for improvement of an incapacitating condition that no course of treatment is called for. It is distinct from the idea of euthanasia because euthanasia involves active intervention to end… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • attempt — I n. 1) to make an attempt 2) to foil, thwart an attempt 3) an abortive, fruitless, futile, vain; all out, concerted, last ditch; bold, brazen, daring; crude; deliberate; feeble, halfhearted, weak; first; premature; successful attempt; repeated… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • 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

  • attempt — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ successful ▪ abortive, botched, failed, fruitless, futile, ill fated, misguided, unsuccessful …   Collocations dictionary

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

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