fruitful

adjective fruit·ful \ ˈfrüt-fəl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of fruitful

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

fruitfully

play \ˈfrüt-fə-lē\ adverb

fruitfulness

noun

Examples of fruitful in a Sentence

  1. We had a fruitful discussion about the problems with the schedule.

  2. a very fruitful tree that gives us plenty of apples every year

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First Known Use of fruitful

14th century

Synonym Discussion of fruitful

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

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FRUITFUL Defined for English Language Learners

fruitful

adjective

Definition of fruitful for English Language Learners

  • : producing a good result : very productive


FRUITFUL Defined for Kids

fruitful

adjective fruit·ful \ ˈfrüt-fəl \

Definition of fruitful for Students

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

fruitfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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