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Sample sentences for the GRE study word futile

futile can be used as a adj

1.His futile denials would not have convinced a child. - from The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
2.In fact he could do nothing but make a wild and futile attempt to dislodge me. - from A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
3.Between them Tommy and Julius gave the history of the last week and their futile search. - from The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
4.Francois swore strange barbarous oaths, and stamped the snow in futile rage, and tore his hair. - from The Call of the Wild by Jack London
5.My destiny Droll thing life is--that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. - from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
6.Pumblechook's very limited dressing-glass, in the futile endeavor to see my legs, it seemed to fit me better. - from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
7.I wasted some time in futile questionings, conveyed, as well as I was able, to such of the little people as came by. - from The Time Machine by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
8.Ugly and futile lean neck and thick hair and a stain of ink, a snail's bed. - from Ulysses by James Joyce
9.But he can never be thus divested--at least never _will be_--else we must imagine an action of God returning upon itself--a purposeless and futile action. - from The Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

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