What does the word futility mean?

Usage examples for futility

  1. But all this does not prove the futility of effort. – Humanly Speaking by Samuel McChord Crothers
  2. Without further experience of the futility of upper- class and pecuniary control, to discredit precedent and constituted authority, it is scarcely conceivable, e. – An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation by Thorstein Veblen
  3. The being the Clever Woman of the family, only rendered her the more sensible both of the utter futility of her answer, and of the effect it must be producing. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge