Definition of inutile by Oxford Dictionary:

ADJECTIVE formal Useless; pointless.

I can't find any example sentences of its usage. How can I use the word?

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You can use it as any other adjective is used. "inutile" means 'lacking in utility or serviceability':

  • You have a lot of inutile discussion here.
  • This paper hammer is inutile.
  • It is an inutile article.

However, notice that the word is so rare that almost nobody uses it. Some dictionaries point out that it is obsolete or archaic. Use "useless" and "pointless" instead.

  • so how does useless or pointless differ from inutile?
    – XPMai
    Dec 25, 2017 at 14:08
  • @XPMai They are more common. Dec 25, 2017 at 14:16
  • yeahh, but I want a more technical answer. :P
    – XPMai
    Dec 25, 2017 at 14:17
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    @XPMai Then consult a bigger dictionary or try English Language and Usage SE. If there is a difference, it's not of interest to most learners since the only relevant observation is "don't say inutile". (It's rate enough that I would be surprised to find many people who could read it aloud without hesitating on the pronunciation... myself included.) But FWIW, I don't think this is a case of subtle differences so much as artificial vocabulary expansion that didn't take on. Dec 25, 2017 at 14:44

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