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.]
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            Talkers and futile persons.           --Bacon.
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   2. Of no importance; having no useful purpose; useless; vain;
      worthless; pointless. "Futile theories." --I. Taylor.
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            His reasoning . . . was singularly futile.
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