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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Futile \Fu"tile\ (?; 277), a. [L. futilis that easily pours out, that easily lets loose, vain, worthless, from the root of fundere to pour out: cf. F. futile. See Fuse, v. t.] 1. Talkative; loquacious; tattling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Talkers and futile persons. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Of no importance; having no useful purpose; useless; vain; worthless; pointless. "Futile theories." --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] His reasoning . . . was singularly futile. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]