An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of no use)
a. useless
Mira, un vaso con cuatro mangos. - ¡Qué invento más inútil!Look, a cup with four handles. - What a useless invention!
2. (inept)
a. useless
No es verdad que los jóvenes de hoy en día sean inútiles.It is not true that the young people of today are useless.
b. hopeless
Me atendió una enfermera inútil que no sabía sacar sangre.I was assisted by a hopeless nurse who couldn't draw blood.
3. (impaired)
a. disabled
La muchacha quedó inútil tras el accidente de carro.The girl was disabled after the car accident.
4. (military)
a. unfit
Los problemas de salud del joven lo hacían inútil para entrar en el ejército.The young man's health problems made him unfit to join the army.
5. (futile)
a. unsuccessful
Finalmente, después de varios intentos inútiles, el chofer logró estacionarse.Finally, after several unsuccessful attempts, the driver managed to park.
b. in vain
Todos los esfuerzos del hombre por ayudar a su hermana fueron inútiles.All the man's efforts to help his sister were in vain.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
6. (worthless person)
a. good-for-nothing
"¿Me estás oyendo, inútil?" dijo Paquita."Do you hear me, you good-for-nothing?" said Paquita.
b. waste of space
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
¡No eres un inútil!You aren't a waste of space!
c. useless (adjective)
¡Ese carpintero es un inútil!That carpenter is useless!
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (objeto)
a. useless
2. (intento, esfuerzo)
a. unsuccessful, vain
sus intentos resultaron inútileshis attempts were unsuccessful o in vain
es inútil, ya es demasiado tardethere's no point, it's too late
es inútil que lo esperes, se ha ido para siemprethere's no point in waiting for him, he's gone for good
3. (inválido)
a. disabled
4. (no apto)
a. unfit
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (general)
a. hopeless case, useless person
es un inútilhe's useless o hopeless
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1 (vano) [+intento, esfuerzo] unsuccessful; fruitless
lo intenté todo, pero fue inútil I tried everything, but it was no use o useless; es inútil que usted proteste it's no good o use you protesting; there's no point in protesting; es inútil seguir intentándolo there's no point in keeping on trying
2 (inepto) useless (familiar); hopeless (familiar)
3 (inválido) disabled
ha quedado inútil a causa de la artritis she is completely disabled by arthritis
4 (inservible) useless
tira todos los trastos inútiles throw away all that useless junk
5 (Mil) unfit
lo han declarado inútil para el servicio militar he has been declared unfit for military service
¡tu hermana es una inútil! your sister is useless o hopeless! (familiar)
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