futile futile  /ˈfju təl/


  1. (adj) producing no result or effect
  2. (adj) unproductive of success


  • Inister's attempt at saving the talks was futile. Her counterpart had already made up his mind not to give an inch.


  1. Soccer-No alarm bells despite poor showings by German youth

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, June 13 (Reuters) - The image of Germany's much-praised youth system was dented this week when the country's Under-21 team completed a poor European showing for their junior squads, but soccer officials say there are no alarm bells ringing. Tournament favourites Germany went out of the European championships in Israel with two consecutive defeats before a futile 2-1 ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Man arrested after poor attempts at burglary and disguise, police say

    Lake Oswego police say they've arrested a man for burglary after he broke into a family's garage and was spotted by a teenage boy. The man's attempt to disguise himself by taking off his shirt proved futile.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KATU Portland

  3. US Open 2013 Favorites: Championship Odds for World's Top Players

    Trying to pick a favorite in a golf tournament is an interesting, if not futile, exercise. Somebody unexpected gets hot, a strong player suddenly finds his putter is in a non-cooperative funk and all of a sudden there’s chaos on the leaderboard. The 113th U.S. Open this week at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. has the potential for plenty of roller-coaster moments, but here’s a list of the top ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /