Futile

(2 syl.) is that which will not hold together; inconsistent. A futile scheme is a design conceived in the mind which will not hold good in practice. (Latin, futio, to run off like water, whence futilis (See Scheme.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Futile from Fact Monster:

  • Polyphemus - Polyphemus Polyphemus , in Greek mythology, a Cyclops. He was a shepherd and the son of Poseidon. ...
  • Sun Tzu - Biography of the great Chinese military strategist
  • Caupolicán - Caupolicán Caupolicán , d. 1558, leader of the Araucanian who fiercely resisted the ...
  • Jujuy - Jujuy Jujuy , city (1991 pop. 182,663), capital of Jujuy prov., NW Argentina, on the Bermejo River. ...
  • anomie - anomie anomie, a social condition characterized by instability, the breakdown of social norms, ...

Related Content