Etymology
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futility (n.)

1620s, from French futilité or directly from Latin futilitatem (nominative futilitas) "worthlessness, emptiness, vanity," from futilis "vain, worthless" (see futile). Hence, jocular futilitarian (1827, n. and adj.); futilitarianism.

updated on January 27, 2015

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Definitions of futility from WordNet

futility (n.)
uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result;
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