futilely futilely


  • (adv) in a futile and unproductive manner


  1. For nine years she and her husband Gilbert John, 38, a van driver for British Rail, had futilely tried to have a child.
  2. After arguing futilely with an adamant telephone operator, Davis phoned Knight's Capitol offices for permission to break into one of the lines.
  3. This is not how I pictured my life ending: futilely and unglamorously, on the frigid floor of a truck, thousands of miles away from anyone I loved.


  1. Mark Wahlberg visits Michigan football, hilarity ensues

    The anchor futilely references Marky Mark's first breakout hit, "Good Vibrations." Given that the song is older than the quarterback who was throwing him passes, I think we can do better.
    on July 5, 2013     Source: Philly.com

  2. Whose ER response is better? Medical faculty, residents compete in ‘Sim Wars’

    In one room of the simulated emergency department, Assistant Professor of Medicine Mary Westergaard futilely applies chest compressions to a child manikin. The script says the boy hasn’t had a pulse since he arrived in the Med Flight helicopter and that gray matter leaking from his brain indicates a severe head injury.
    on July 1, 2013     Source: University of Wisconsin - Madison


  1. "I was futilely raging in my own inimitable, sarcastic way, of the filth I am perpetually served up by my pitiful sporting representatives," explains Matthew Franklin about his earlier rant.
    on Oct 4, 2007 By: Benjamin Franklin Source: guardian.co.uk

  2. It's a great read which the Backbencher thoroughly recommends, not least for its insights into working on a newspaper diary: "Work fruitlessly superficially futilely upon the Londoner's Diary," writes Harold in 1930. "The difficulty is that...
    on Nov 23, 2005 By: Harold Nicolson Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. In The Globe and Mail, writer Margaret Wente said that Wolf's version of feminism is "out of date" and noted that when she was at university she spent her last semester "futilely trying to seduce my thesis supervisor. In fact, my failure to...
    on Feb 27, 2004 By: Margaret Wente Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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