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Meaning of fruitless by Wiktionary Dictionary



    fruit +‎ -less


    fruitless ( comparative more fruitless, superlative most fruitless )

    1. Useless; unproductive .
      The unskilled man's attempt at fixing his car engine was fruitless .
    2. Bearing no fruit; barren .
      The fruitless woman desperately wanted to have children .


    • See also Wikisaurus:futile

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Explanation of fruitless by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. unproductive of success

    2. a fruitless search

    Definition of fruitless by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fruitless a.
      1. Lacking, or not bearing, fruit; barren; destitute of offspring; as, “a fruitless tree or shrub; a fruitless marriage.” Shak.

      2. Productive of no advantage or good effect; vain; idle; useless; unprofitable; as, “a fruitless attempt; a fruitless controversy.”

      They in mutual accusation spent

      The fruitless hours. Milton.

      Syn. -- Useless; barren; unprofitable; abortive; ineffectual; vain; idle; profitless. See Useless.

      -- Fruitlessly, adv. -- Fruitlnessness, n.