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adjective     /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.Useless and futileUnsuccessful (people and things) futility     /fjuːˈtɪl.ɪ.ti/ US  /-t̬i/ noun [U] "What's his latest book about?" "Oh, the usual - the transience of love and the futility of life."Useless and futile
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