Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) pointless; incapable of producing any useful result
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Something which is 'futile' is useless, a waste of time or an effort that doesn't produce any significant results. This is a more formal way of saying 'useless'. You will most often hear this word used in the phrase 'efforts were futile'. Used more in professional contexts.
Social Examples (Advance)
The businessman'sattempt to re-brand his company was futile and it ultimately went bankrupt.
It is futile to apply for a passport withoutthe necessary documentation. Your application won't be processed.
Professional Examples (Advance)
An expensive marketing campaign is futilewithout an effective sales funnel to back it up.
I don't think it's wise to dedicate a large amount of resources to this kind of research if it is in danger of beingfutile.
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