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futileadjective

uk   /ˈfjuː.taɪl/  us   /ˈfjuː.t̬əl/
(of ​actions) having no ​effect or ​achieving nothing: Attempts to get ​supplies to the ​region are futile because ​troops will not ​allow the ​aidconvoy to ​enter the ​city. It's ​completely 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.ə.ti/  us   /fjuːˈtɪl.ə.t̬i/
"What's his ​latestbook about?" "Oh, the ​usual - the ​transience of ​love and the futility of ​life."
(Definition of futile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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futileadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfjut̬·əl, ˈfju·tɑɪl/
achieving no ​result; not ​effective or ​successful: The ​plane detoured ​north in a futile ​attempt to ​avoid the ​badweather.
futility
noun [U]  us   /fjuˈtɪl·ət̬·i/
A ​sense of futility and powerlessness ​infected her.
(Definition of futile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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