(v. t.) Of no importance; answering no useful end; useless; vain; worthless.
(1) It is suggested the participation of glycogen (starch) in the self-oscillatory mechanism of the futile cycle formed by the phosphofructokinase and fructose bisphosphatase reactions may give rise to oscillations with the period of 10(3)-10(4) min, which may serve as the basis for the cell clock.
(2) It also appears that she would have been one of those behind the government's futile attempts to oppose restrictions on neonicotinoids.
(3) Every time he felt the futility of his work for the NAACP, he’d finger the well-worn pages, and it would strengthen his resolve.” This is how classics of this calibre work their way into the literary bloodstream.
(4) Representing the Sun in the second hearing, Richard Spearman QC told the court that keeping the privacy injunction in place was futile.
(5) We propose that when rationing criteria refer to medical benefit, the meanings of futility and rationing share certain common features.
(6) So we have futile rhetoric on immigration, but minimal discussion over how to reinvent politics in the digital age.
(7) Last week’s International Women’s Day offered a fresh variation on that enjoyable, if futile, new pastime – posthumous EU partisanship.
(8) Inhibition of this futile cycling may represent one avenue by which energetic costs of maintenance and production can be lowered in ruminants.
(9) We postulated that the high-affinity potassium uptake system was able to generate such a steep gradient across the membrane that the low-affinity system would act in reverse, thus creating a futile cycle of potassium ions at the cost of energy.
(10) Zuckerberg has long been courting China’s leaders in a so far futile attempt to access the country with the world’s largest number of Internet users — 668 million as of last year.
(11) In 1986, while serving as prime minister and foreign minister, Peres held negotiations that led to the London agreement, the ultimately futile peace accord that included Israeli-Jordanian cooperation in administrating the West Bank.
(12) Futile cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may prevent humane care of the dying child and deprive parents of the opportunity to express their love, grief, and dedication at a critical moment, while appropriate and successful CPR may restore intact their child.
(13) Of the 8 women who had futile laparotomies, 4 had unilateral salpingectomy and a contralateral Pomeroy ligation, but insufficient tube remained for reversal; 2 others had single-burn cautery, but had insufficient tube length, and the Pomeroy procedures in 2 others left insufficient distal tissue.
(14) Furthermore, addition of low concentrations of PAPS (0.5 microM) to a reconstituted system of microsomes and cytosol impaired the formation of fluorescent product from 4-methylumbelliferyl sulfate until PAPS was consumed, indicating that futile cycling via arylsulfatase and sulfotransferase occurred.
(15) However, the early stages are often missed or lead to futile diagnostic endeavours.
(16) Ignoring personal ghosts, or those of an entire country traumatised by war and genocide, is futile and even dangerous.
(17) Rationing, triage, and medical futility in relation to AIDS patients require careful deliberation and consideration.
(18) It’s idealistic, it’s the right thing to do even if it turns out to be utterly futile.
(19) These unusual kinetic properties may be of significance with regard to the regulation of ornithine transcarbamylase in this organism, especially in the avoidance of a futile ornithine cycle.
(20) Iceland This strange and beautiful country is now as flooded with satellite trash as everywhere else, but is listed in the futile hope that the suppression it once practised might be revived.
(a.) Being at leisure or ease; unemployed; indolent; idle.
(1) I called the hospital and asked why my GP would have made such an otiose request.
(2) In the circumstances, comments by analysts that the data was "not good" and "seriously bad" were somewhat otiose.