Part of speech: adjective

Useless; vain.

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Usage examples "futile":

  1. To be able to use a rifle is an accomplishment as futile as to be able to stand on your head or to be able to wag your ears. - "The Evolution of Sinn Fein", Robert Mitchell Henry.
  2. But once more I wish to impress you with the fact that I indulge in nothing so futile as regrets for my 'past. - "Black Oxen", Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton.
  3. Alden lay on the floor, his hand stretched towards the futile spot of white beneath the table. - "The Gray Mask", Wadsworth Camp.