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Example:

Our emotions aren't something we experience, but who we are. Hence the [...] to get rid of them.

I thought of the word futility but I think it denotes more 'uselessness' than impossibility?

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  • Some terms engineers love: infeasibility, untenability, intractability.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 23, 2015 at 10:31
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    Impossibility is fine. But it should really be the impossibility of getting rid of them, and not the impossibility to get rid of them.
    – RegDwigнt
    Apr 23, 2015 at 11:31
  • @RegDwigнt♦ What's the difference?
    – janoChen
    Apr 23, 2015 at 11:49
  • @janoChen - My friend, I'm having trouble accepting your premise. Emotional responses can be altered. In fact, "training and discipline required" inserted into your brackets would make more sense to me. (IMHO)
    – Oldbag
    Apr 23, 2015 at 13:14
  • @Oldbag Oh, yeah. I finally left it as "Hence the difficulty of getting rid of them."
    – janoChen
    Apr 23, 2015 at 14:01

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If you want to convey the idea of something that is impossible to do I'd rephrase as:

Hence there is no way to get rid of them!

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Futility is more "wasted action on something impossible to achieve", so it would be "Hence the futility of trying to get rid of them." in your context.

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    Hello nkjt. We're looking for answers backed up by authoritative quotes on ELU (not just correct ones) where possible. Apr 23, 2015 at 11:01

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