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Definition 1: unproductive of success - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where futile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fruitless search
  • futile years after her artistic peak
  • a sleeveless errand
  • a vain attempt

Synonyms for futile in the sense of this definition

(futile is similar to ...) not producing or capable of producing

"elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"

Definition 2: producing no result or effect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where futile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a futile effort
  • the therapy was ineffectual
  • an otiose undertaking
  • an unavailing attempt

Synonyms for futile in the sense of this definition

(futile is similar to ...) having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully

"a kitchen full of useless gadgets" "she is useless in an emergency"

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