Definition: useless; hopeless; ineffectual
Definition: useless; hopeless; ineffectual
Sentences Containing 'futile'
This concealment of all artifice, this artlessness and spontaneity of appearance, is one of the greatest qualities in a composition, any analysis of which is futile.
It is, indeed, quite futile to look to changes of currents, climate, or other physical conditions, as the cause of these great mutations in the forms of life throughout the world, under the most different climates.
After making one or two sallies to her relief, which were rendered futile by the umbrella's hopping on again, like an immense bird, before I could reach it, I came in, went to bed, and slept till morning.
I wasted some time in futile questionings, conveyed, as well as I was able, to such of the little people as came by.
For, by merely seeming fond of me, and showing in her weak, futile way that she cared for me, the little doll of a creature presently gave my return to the neighbourhood of the White Sphinx almost the feeling of coming home; and I would watch for her tiny figure of white and gold so soon as I came over the hill.
Jones never caught on, and continued the futile search for hours.
He played himself in the tug-of-war scene with the giant gorilla. After being pulled by the ape into a pool of water, Carnera throws a couple of futile punches to Joe's chin.
Alex is present, though he only stands aside and tells them how futile their attempts are.
He was again unsuccessful: Great Britain refused even to admit the principle of a congress, while Austria, Prussia and Russia gave their adhesion only on conditions which rendered it futile, i.e. they reserved the vital questions of Venetia and Poland.
Craig fights with the robber, trashing their apartment while making frantic, futile attempts to wake Day-Day.
This resulted in the burning of the Hall of the Chieftains and slaying of Hardang; Manthor tried to stop the Folk, but his attempts were futile.
Besieging Akbar's Castle is futile, however, and both sides are aware of it.
Tomoya, Sanae and Akio struggle to save Ushio, with Tomoya retiring from his job, but all efforts are futile.
Audism is the notion that one is superior based on one's ability to hear or to behave in the manner of one who hears, or that life without hearing is futile and miserable, or an attitude based on pathological thinking which results in a negative stigma toward anyone who does not hear.
However, his efforts prove almost futile, as they are constantly regenerated by the Chojin.
However, the policy was widely seen as an abandonment of urban neighborhoods (particularly black ones), as Moynihan's statements and writings appeared to encourage, for instance, fire departments engaging in triage to avoid engaging in a supposedly futile war against arson.
The painting is often seen a symbolic depiction of man's futile struggle against malevolent forces; the black sloping mass which envelopes the dog is imagined to be quicksand, earth or some other material in which the dog has become buried.
However, despite obeying orders to prepare for the mission, Vice-Admiral Seiichi Itō—commander of the "Ten-Go" force—still refused to actually order his ships to carry it out, believing the plan to be futile and wasteful.
The story of Operation "Ten-Go" is revered to some degree in modern Japan as evidenced by appearances of the story in popular Japanese culture which usually portray the event as a brave, selfless, but futile, symbolic effort by the participating Japanese sailors to defend their homeland.
However in his DVD commentary Hodges implies that he did not see Carter as morally any more justified than those he kills, and his death is intended to present his actions to the audience as morally bankrupt and futile; "I wanted him to be dealt with in exactly the same way he dealt with other people.
In contrast, the Communist leadership refused to adjust their tactics and stubbornly continued futile attacks on Kuomintang blockhouses.
Conan's attempt to remove the treasure proves futile; a demon of mist forms, and attempts to strangle him.
Emmett Kelly, the tramp clown, threw a bucket of water at the burning canvas tent in a futile effort to put the fire out, but ultimately more than 100 people were killed.
Under his guidance Rumiko Takahashi began to publish her first dōjinshi creations in 1975, such as "Bye-Bye Road" and "Star of Futile Dust".
After numerous futile applications she got a role as an actress in the 1927 film opposite Constantin J. David in a comedy "Männer von der Ehe".
Celeste tried to bring Lexie and her husband Abe back together, but her attempts seemed futile as Abe wanted no part of his DiMera wife.
(Rupprecht), which led to a belief among many German commanders that a defensive strategy for 1918 would be futile.
He was convinced the European officials appointed to rule the Samoans were incompetent, and after many futile attempts to resolve the matter, he published "".
Strenuous efforts were made to release her; on 14 February Shackleton ordered men on to the ice with ice-chisels, prickers, saws and picks, to try and force a passage, but the labour proved futile.
In fact, Paul further claims that belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus is so central to salvation that "if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile".
Fencing drained his capital, droughts destroyed his cattle, and futile efforts to attract settlers dried up his last remaining credit.
The 1st BCS, including "Lion", sailed on 12 December in a futile attempt to intercept the German destroyers that had sunk the convoy en route to Norway earlier that day, but returned to base the following day.
The stations changed ownership, as well as Radio formats, several times in futile attempts to achieve profitability.
In September 1902, when Young was in France in a futile attempt to convince subscribers to invest, Ann Pulitzer, a former prostitute, was murdered in his New York apartment.
Physical verification of fixed assets becomes a futile exercise unless the FAR is properly maintained.
But attempts were futile and soon word from the camp was that an unnamed few had their concerns.
In a similar manner to Plato's "Republic", al-Farabi emphasizes that philosophy is both a theoretical and practical discipline; labeling those philosophers who do not apply their erudition to practical pursuits as "futile philosophers".
Negotiations between the Tsar's government and Japan between the end of the First Sino-Japanese War and 1903 had proved futile.
One such futile attempt by sledgehammer wielding weightlifter Kadhem Sharif particularly caught media attention.
In Sweden, the unpopularity of this costly and futile war meant that the Hats' control on government began to falter and the confusion the war caused led to a deficit which resulted in their fall in 1765.
The paper described the creature as having the face of a monkey but walking upright like a man; it dispatched a journalist to comb for evidence, but the expedition proved futile.
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