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futile

adjective uk   /ˈfjuː.taɪl/  us   /-t̬əl/
(of actions) having no effect or achieving nothing: Attempts to get supplies to the region are futile because troops will not allow the aid convoy to enter the city. It's quite futile trying to reason with him - he just won't listen. All my attempts to cheer her up proved futile.
futility
noun [U] uk   /fjuːˈtɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-t̬i/
"What's his latest book about?" "Oh, the usual - the transience of love and the futility of life."
Translations of “futile”
in Arabic عَقيم…
in Korean 헛된…
in Malaysian sia-sia…
in French futile…
in Turkish nafile, boşuna, yersiz…
in Italian vano, inutile…
in Chinese (Traditional) (行動)無作用的, 無效的, 不成功的…
in Russian бесполезный, тщетный…
in Polish daremny, beznadziejny…
in Vietnamese vô ích, không có hiệu quả…
in Spanish fútil, vano, inútil…
in Portuguese inútil…
in Thai ไร้ประโยชน์…
in German nutzlos…
in Catalan inútil…
in Japanese 無駄な…
in Indonesian sia-sia…
in Chinese (Simplified) (行动)无作用的, 无效的, 不成功的…
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