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Futilitarianism is a philosophical movement referring to the belief that all human activity (or endeavour) is futile. The name of the movement is a Portmanteau of "futility" and "Utilitarianism" Its roots are in the existentialist movement of the early 20th century.

The term has also been applied in medical ethics, to describe the position that "doctors should refuse to provide patients with certain treatments they want based on the doctors' judgment that the patients' lives are not worth living, or worth the effort of saving."[1]

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  1. "National Review: Ramesh Ponnuru on The Party of Death". http://www.nationalreview.com/interrogatory/qa200604250605.asp. Retrieved 2006-07-06. 

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