exercise in futility

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of exercise in futility

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : the discharge of an official function or professional occupation

  3. : the act or an instance of carrying out the terms of an agreement (such as an option)

  1. : to make effective in action : use

  2. : to bring to bear : exert

  3. : to implement the terms of

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

  2. : a useless act or gesture


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