futility futility  /fju ˈtɪ lə ti/


  • (n) uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result


  1. The link, at least by Oberst's reckoning, is futility, and whether you agree with his politics or not, his emotions are believable.
  2. Go work a month or two as a dishwasher in a really busy restaurant, and see if it's still for you the adrenaline and futility and craziness and cruelty.
  3. There are futility metaphors aplenty here: The contrast between the swaggering President and the squabbling Dems.



    Andy Murray's three fruitless trips to the finals of the Australian Open? Child's play. The Buffalo Bills' four straight losses in the Super Bowl? Impressive, but still a disappointing disappointment. For real futility, Mickelson is your man.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: San Diego Reader

  2. Advocate cycles for repeal of death penalty

    As the son of a murder victim, Topekan Bill Lucero knows the pain of losing a loved one through violence. But Lucero also witnessed the futility of his grandfather's anger amid his grief.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal

  3. House Republicans Won't Back Down From Their New Restrictive Abortion Bill

    The conservative push in the House to pass a restrictive abortion bill ticked up one more level on the futility meter today as the President officially indicated his intention to veto the measure, should it reach his desk. The bill, which would ban almost all abortions at 20 weeks based on a scientifically contested assertion that fetuses feel pain at that stage, will go to the House floor for ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News


  1. "I thought it was the saddest character in the world, this poor little guy that doesn't know it can stop what it's doing," said writer-director Stanton. "It's the ultimate definition of futility. Machine or not, you have to be asking...
    on Apr 21, 2008 By: Andrew Stanton Source: Urbana Daily Citizen

  2. "Any time you're playing somebody who is ready to set a record of any kind of futility ...... you know they have a lot of pride," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They are going to be coming with everything they have. They're young, but...
    on Feb 2, 2007 By: Mike Dunleavy Source: Forbes

  3. "The moral in Britten's 'War Requiem' I think must be put forth again and again," Maazel said. "The futility of war, the tragedy, the pointlessness of the carnage."
    on Jan 11, 2008 By: Lorin Maazel Source: Forbes

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