I'm looking for a word that can be used to refer to something (an action or expression or object) that has failed to fulfill its raison d'être.
- Action: A charitable organization collected donations to be allocated to a hospital. But the organization bought a painting with the collections and then donated that to the hospital. I wanna form a sentence like: "The _____ donation was never meant to be made in good faith."
'Failed' can't be used in the blank as technically a donation was made and technically it's not illegal either. But still the donation didn't serve its intrinsic purpose of providing an asset that would broaden the reach of medical facilities.
- Expression: The organization will have to apologize, I guess. Here, the intention is to serve an apology, none is expressly served. I wanna refer to it as: "The ____ apology implies a lack of actual remorse on the directors of the board."
Again, either failed or more such words can be used but they don't convey that the expression of guilt didn't serve its apparent purpose and only hoodwinked some into believing that an apology has been rendered while deceptively avoiding delivering one.