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"futile" in British English

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futileadjective

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 ​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.ɪ.ti/  us   /-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)

"futile" in American English

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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)
Translations of “futile”
in Korean 헛된…
in Arabic عَقيم…
in Malaysian sia-sia…
in French futile…
in Russian бесполезный, тщетный…
in Chinese (Traditional) (行動)無作用的, 無效的, 不成功的…
in Italian vano, inutile…
in Turkish nafile, boşuna, yersiz…
in Polish daremny, beznadziejny…
in Spanish fútil, vano, inútil…
in Vietnamese vô ích, không có hiệu quả…
in Portuguese inútil…
in Thai ไร้ประโยชน์…
in German nutzlos…
in Catalan inútil…
in Japanese 無駄な…
in Chinese (Simplified) (行动)无作用的, 无效的, 不成功的…
in Indonesian sia-sia…
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