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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."
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