fruit·​ful | \ ˈfrüt-fəl \

Definition of fruitful

1a : yielding or producing fruit fruitful soil
b : conducive to an abundant yield fruitful rain
2 : abundantly productive a fruitful discussion a fruitful career

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Other Words from fruitful

fruitfully \ ˈfrüt-​fə-​lē \ adverb
fruitfulness noun

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fertile, fecund, fruitful, prolific mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. fertile implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth fertile soil ; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development. a fertile imagination fecund emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring. a fecund herd fruitful adds to fertile and fecund the implication of desirable or useful results. fruitful research prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction. a prolific writer

Examples of fruitful in a Sentence

We had a fruitful discussion about the problems with the schedule. a very fruitful tree that gives us plenty of apples every year

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Layne aspires for a career that’s not just fruitful for herself, but also for others. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "Meet KiKi Layne, the If Beale Street Could Talk Actress Everyone's Talking About," 27 Dec. 2018 If findings are fruitful, the Jezero Crater might just find itself as a regular landing site in years ahead. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Settles on a Landing Site for Its Mars 2020 Rover," 19 Nov. 2018 After a very fruitful conversation, Mayor Winthrop invited them to present their ideas to the Cliff Walk Commission on September 28th. Fox News, "Rhode Island police shut down kids' lemonade stand, citing city ordinance concerning commercial vendors," 2 Oct. 2018 The meeting, which was held in the Palazzo Marino, was a very fruitful one., "Italian Rivals Inter & AC Milan Agree to Invest in San Siro Renovation," 6 Feb. 2018 The panel depicting the unmasking of Electro is a perfect illustration of the creative push and pull that made Ditko’s collaboration with Lee so fruitful, but that ultimately drove them apart. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Steve Ditko’s Ordinary People," 10 July 2018 That decision proved fruitful, as the Taylors went home with armfuls of items. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Gardeners see what's blooming at Native Plant Sale at Gibson Woods," 25 May 2018 The IronBirds had other chances to score, but weren’t as fruitful with those opportunities. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Back home, IronBirds snap losing skid with 6-1 win over Brooklyn," 12 July 2018 That first attempt to collect Lewis’s story was not terribly fruitful. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of fruitful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of fruitful

: producing a good result : very productive


fruit·​ful | \ ˈfrüt-fəl \

Kids Definition of fruitful

1 : very productive a fruitful soil
2 : bringing results a fruitful idea

Other Words from fruitful

fruitfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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