Futile synonyms

fyo͝ot'l, fyo͝o'tīl'
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Unhelpful, not useful; pointless (of an action).
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(Archaic) Foolish.
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Not availing; futile; ineffectual
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To no purpose
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(Rare) Without fruit.
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Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing.
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Not handling practical matters well
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Low; despicable:
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(Archaic) Not capable of being managed or dealt with; intractable
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Not making a profit
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To no purpose
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To no purpose
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(Rare) Idle; indolent
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Failing to score a point:
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Not able to produce offspring, seeds, or fruit; unable to reproduce.
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Not providing reward or satisfaction
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Having an unfavorable outcome:
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State of being frivolous
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The quality of being fruitless
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(Countable) Something, especially an act, that is futile.
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Quality, state, or instance of being inadequate
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The state or condition of being ineffectual.
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The quality of being useless
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Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient.
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Not yielding profit
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Having no value; worthless.
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Without result, lacking effect, success or accomplishment.
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Not providing satisfaction.
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Not effective; not producing the desired effect; ineffectual
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Without boots
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To no purpose
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Being a period of time in which there is little or no activity:
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Having no occupants; not being used:
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Of little or no importance; trifling:
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Having a cavity, gap, or space within:
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Not producing crops or fruit; having little or no vegetation
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Depleted; in a state of exhaustion.
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Not real, actual, or genuine; imaginary, fanciful, insubstantial, false, etc.
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Tending to delude.
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Lacking basis in fact.
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Seeing or disposed to see visions
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Having little value or importance; trivial
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Relatively worthless or unimportant; trivial; insignificant
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Not important; insignificant or petty.
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Limited in importance or significance; trivial:
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Bereft or deprived:
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Of a claim or assertion in litigation, that it lacks merit or substance; often a pejorative term, implying bad faith or negligence by the pleading party. Of a claim or assertion in litigation, that it lacks merit or substance; often a pejorative term, implying bad faith or negligence by the pleading party.
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Holding or based on the view that human endeavor is futile.
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Not adequate; not sufficient; not equal to what is required
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Without sleeves
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Synonym Study

  • That is useless which has proved to be ineffectual in practice or is theoretically considered to be of no avail
  • That is abortive which fails to succeed or miscarries at an early stage of its development
  • Fruitless stresses the idea of great and prolonged effort that is profitless or fails to yield results
  • Vain also implies failure but does not have as strong a connotation of intrinsic inefficacy as futile
  • Futile is applied to that which fails completely of the desired end or is incapable of producing any result
Find another word for futile. In this page you can discover 65 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for futile, like: useless, vain, unavailing, in-vain, fruitless, hopeless, impractical, worthless, impracticable, unprofitable and to no effect.