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15th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin inutilis, from in- + utilis useful — more at utility
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“Inutile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inutile. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.
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