Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

futile

futile
Meaning(s)
1) pointless; incapable of producing any useful result
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    • futile attempt
  • Analysis
    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)
    1. The businessman's attempt to re-brand his company was futile and it ultimately went bankrupt. 
    2. It is futile to apply for a passport without the necessary documentation. Your application won't be processed.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. An expensive marketing campaign is futile without an effective sales funnel to back it up.
    2. 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 being futile.
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