exercise in futility

Definition of exercise in futility

  1. :  an activity that is not successful or worthwhile The negotiations turned out to be an exercise in futility.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the act of bringing into play or realizing in action :  use

    :  the discharge of an official function or professional occupation

    :  regular or repeated use of a faculty or bodily organ

  1. :  to make effective in action :  use

    :  to bring to bear :  exert

    :  to implement the terms of (as an option)

  1. :  the quality or state of being futile :  uselessness

    :  a useless act or gesture

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