Part of speech:
Not leading to success; unproductive:
The definition of futile is something that won't succeed or is unimportant.
(Now Rare) Frustrated; baffled; defeated
(Gram.) In certain inflected languages, designating or of the tense of a verb that indicates a past action or state as uncompleted, continuous, customary, or going on at the same time as another: “was writing” and “used to write” are English forms corresponding to the imperfect tense in such languages
Not producing an intended effect; ineffectual:
The definition of rudimentary is basic skills, the early stages of development or basic fundamental concepts of education.
Producing little or no vegetation; unfruitful:
(Economics) Adding nothing to exchangeable value.
Having an unfavorable outcome:
Effective in achieving specified results; originative. Used with of :
The definition of fruitful is a fertile person with many children, or a plant that produces a lot of fruit, or something productive or effective.
Having obtained something desired or intended:
Producing or sufficient to produce a desired effect.
failing to achieve a goal
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