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synonyms for futile

  • fruitless
  • hollow
  • impractical
  • ineffective
  • ineffectual
  • insufficient
  • trivial
  • unproductive
  • unprofitable
  • unsuccessful
  • useless
  • vain
  • worthless
  • abortive
  • barren
  • bootless
  • delusive
  • empty
  • exhausted
  • forlorn
  • idle
  • impracticable
  • in vain
  • no dice
  • nugatory
  • on a treadmill
  • otiose
  • out the window
  • profitless
  • resultless
  • save one's breath
  • sterile
  • to no avail
  • to no effect
  • to no purpose
  • trifling
  • unavailing
  • unimportant
  • unneeded
  • unreal
  • unsatisfactory
  • unsubstantial
  • valueless
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antonyms for futile

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  • effective
  • fruitful
  • helpful
  • productive
  • profitable
  • successful
  • useful
  • valuable
  • worthwhile
  • hopeful
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How to use futile in a sentence

First, they must be trained, and training large numbers of animals that don’t live very long is expensive, time-consuming, and somewhat futile.
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The Washington Post and 17 other newspapers obtained their own set of the papers from Ellsberg and continued to publish as federal prosecutors dashed from city to city in a futile effort to obtain injunctions that would stop the presses.
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Local leaders protest, but those protests are futile, and rigid new security protocols are enforced.
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Even after Wednesday’s riots, more than 100 lawmakers supported a futile attempt to overturn the election.
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“We’ve been trying to get ahead of it, and plan and plan and get the details out, and we’ve figured out that that’s a pretty futile effort,” he said.
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Social media fatigue and community loss on apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat have made the possibility of connection appear even more futile.
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Major college football programs supply dozens of tests each day, an attempt — futile as it has been — to maintain health and prevent schedule interruptions.
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They are potent caregivers one minute and futile witnesses the next, scrubbing their hands until their knuckles crack and ooze.
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Her directness had made all possible 'buts' seem ridiculous and futile, and had made the expression of curiosity seem offensive.
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
I kept a stiff backbone for a while, but presently a futile rage against circumstances bubbled up and boiled over.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
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WORDS RELATED TO FUTILE

  • failed
  • failing
  • fruitless
  • futile
  • ineffective
  • ineffectual
  • unavailing
  • unproductive
  • unsuccessful
  • useless
  • vain
  • worthless
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.