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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.] 
  1.  Talkative;  loquacious;  tattling.  [Obs.] 
 
  Talkers  and  futile  persons.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  Of  no  importance;  answering  no  useful  end  useless;  vain; 
  worthless.  ``Futile  theories.''  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  His  reasoning  .  .  .  was  singularly  futile. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  futile 
  adj  1:  producing  no  result  or  effect;  "a  futile  effort";  "the 
  therapy  was  ineffectual";  "an  otiose  undertaking";  "an 
  unavailing  attempt"  [syn:  {ineffectual},  {otiose},  {unavailing}] 
  2:  unproductive  of  success;  "a  fruitless  search";  "futile  years 
  after  her  artistic  peak";  "a  sleeveless  errand";  "a  vain 
  attempt"  [syn:  {bootless},  {fruitless},  {sleeveless},  {vain}] 




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