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the condition or state of being incapable of accomplishing or effecting anything

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Accordingly, despite the acknowledgement of his ineffectuality in the affairs of the human community, Forest Father still hints at a "post-apocalyptic hoping" that is informed by the lessons of the past.
The ineffectuality of the hard-line faction, however, might have less to do with a lack of political influence than a perceived lack of need.
These women are Haneke's most sympathetic adult characters and his films' conscience, but they are also essentially helpless: He understands that within a bourgeois family, whatever its token gestures toward equality, it is the husband who is ultimately in control--hence the ineffectuality of the women's revolt.
They seemed to be incapable of realising the truth and that is that the electorate are sick and tired of the obvious ineffectuality of members of parliament to reflect their constituents' needs.
Except for disparaging references to its ineffectuality, the UN scarcely figures.
Just as Kipling's Indian fictions struggle between a night-time desire for knowledge and a daytime need for surface stability, (27) so the Letters alternate between the affectation of control and the admission of ineffectuality. It is always part of Kipling's project to demonstrate how very precarious is the status, and how very limited the capability, of the Englishman in India.
The former (almost seeming, at times, the director's alter ego or spokesman, though not quite in the direct way in which Max von Sydow seemed it in certain Bergman films--The Seventh Seal most obviously) is here drained, withdrawn, reduced to ineffectuality, vaguely aware of the dramas going on around him but too hurt to take a positive role.
For Beattie, the limit of state terrorism was reached in the ineffectuality of violent death to reduce the minor crimes of women and children.
This imperviousness to change reflects at once their arrogance and her ineffectuality. It is the brick wall against which she hurls herself.
Althou gh Castillo experiments with generic form in each novel, she explores the same aesthetics of confrontation: the "masculinized politics of power"; "the ineffectuality of racism specific to minorities under capitalism"; and "the complex nature of romantic love, its sexual expression, and its relation to the prevailing ideologies of social power" (Candelaria 1993, 147).The aesthetics of confrontation continue within the third novel, So Far From God (1993), the work analyzed in this study, yet in this novel, Ana Castillo uses the strategies of the absurdist author to confront and explore identity transformations of the characters.
The "Performance" is indeed only a performance, sell-deprecating in its admission of ineffectuality, but it is a performative action, all the action that the masters can take in the circumstances, and worth incurring the expense of a public notary.
Since it was published, there have been several responses that have apparently revealed the many problems with his argument to demonstrate solidly its ineffectuality. (1) Many of these responses are developed in terms of an opposition between the African author who speaks out of his "race"--therefore only with hostility--and the critical expert--the "objective" European critic.
As the disastrous and stultifying final stages of Marxism-Leninism become a historical memory, and the ineffectuality of action without theory becomes apparent, a hunger for praxis will arise.
These mediocre Fausts are in thrall to 'a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil', and are law-abiding only through timidity, laziness and ineffectuality (like Kayerts and Carlier in 'An Outpost of Progress' before opportunity is dumped on their doorstep) and they can only envy and resent the fabulous profits returned from Kurtz's deep transgression into darkness's heart.
Outside the station, Johnson too becomes conscious of the "ineffectuality of his attempt to adjust in some way to the sense of loss" (DeFalco, 182).