1. futile

adjective. ['ˈfjuːtəl'] producing no result or effect.


  • unavailing
  • ineffectual
  • useless


  • effective
  • busy
  • valuable
  • powerful


  • futilis (Latin)

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Rhymes with Futile

  • butyl
  • brutal
  • tootle
  • tootal
  • goutal

How do you pronounce futile?

Pronounce futile as fˈjutəl.

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Sentences with futile

1. Adverb
Although governments have implemented policies to provide housing for the urban poor, their efforts have proved futile.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Without it, your bath-time efforts will prove futile.

3. Adjective
Your goal is to help these fidgety souls learn less futile ways to wait.

Quotes about futile

1. Death, only, renders hope futile.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

2. Droll thing life is -- that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself -- that comes too late -- a crop of inextinguishable regrets.
- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

3. In life man commits himself and draws his own portrait, outside of which there is nothing. No doubt this thought may seem harsh to someone who has not made a success of his life. But on the other hand, it helps people to understand that reality alone counts, and that dreams, expectations and hopes only serve to define a man as a broken dream, aborted hopes, and futile expectations.
- Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism Is a Humanism

2. futile

adjective. ['ˈfjuːtəl'] unproductive of success.


  • sleeveless
  • fruitless
  • bootless
  • unproductive


  • humble
  • creative
  • fertile
  • profitable


  • futilis (Latin)