fruit·​ful | \ ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce fruitful (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fruitfully (audio) \ 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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First Known Use of fruitful

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

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17 Jan 2020

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“Fruitful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fruitful

: producing a good result : very productive


fruit·​ful | \ ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce fruitful (audio) \

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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