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futile

Synonyms and Antonyms of futile

producing no results
  • The prison is so well guarded that all attempts to escape have been futile.
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Phrases Synonymous with futile

in vain, no dice, not worth the candle, of no avail

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Synonym Discussion of futile

futile, vain, fruitless mean producing no result. futile may connote completeness of failure or unwisdom of undertaking.
    • resistance had proved so futile that surrender was the only choice left
vain usually implies simple failure to achieve a desired result.
    • a vain attempt to get the car started
fruitless comes close to vain but often suggests long and arduous effort or severe disappointment.
    • fruitless efforts to obtain a lasting peace


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