fruitless

adjective
fruit·​less | \ ˈfrüt-ləs How to pronounce fruitless (audio) \

Definition of fruitless

1 : unsuccessful a fruitless attempt
2 : lacking or not bearing fruit

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Other Words from fruitless

fruitlessly adverb
fruitlessness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for fruitless

futile, vain, fruitless mean producing no result. futile may connote completeness of failure or unwisdom of undertaking. resistance had proved so futile that surrender was the only choice left vain usually implies simple failure to achieve a desired result. a vain attempt to get the car started fruitless comes close to vain but often suggests long and arduous effort or severe disappointment. fruitless efforts to obtain a lasting peace

Examples of fruitless in a Sentence

They made a fruitless attempt to find a solution. It would be fruitless to continue.
Recent Examples on the Web After inquiries to schools in the south and within the region proved fruitless in a quest for James Logan’s opponent, Rodriguez discovered Heritage was available. Vytas Mazeika, The Mercury News, "Honor Bowl texting: How Saturday’s showcase became a reality," 4 Sep. 2019 Trump, these senior officials point out, pays only sporadic attention to his daily briefings, routinely ignores analysis that contradicts his own views, and in many cases pursues policies that analysts have concluded are fruitless or misguided. John Walcott, Time, "Top GOP Senator Warned the White House About Trump's Choice for National Intelligence Director," 31 July 2019 The Trump administration has been trying to make the journey to the United States appear a perilous and fruitless endeavor, using policy and enforcement to create numerous deterrents. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Momentary border reprieve rests on a rickety foundation, as U.S. immigration policies are put to the test," 13 July 2019 But the hunt can be arduous and fruitless in some cases. Alex Leary, WSJ, "U.S. Cities Prepare for Federal Immigration Raids," 22 June 2019 Investigators knew the trash plant search would be time-consuming and possibly fruitless. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "State police going through 30-35 tons of trash a day in search for evidence of missing New Canaan woman," 22 June 2019 Still, doing a full beauty routine before childbirth just to take a picture seems silly or fruitless to some. Glamour, "It's Not Just Royals—the Pressure for a Perfect 'Baby Reveal' Photo Is Real," 11 May 2019 After that search was fruitless, authorities turned their attention to the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority’s trash-to-energy plant in Hartford’s South Meadows. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Police suspect a hunting switchblade was used to kill Jennifer Farber Dulos. A Hartford man sold it for $10.," 9 Sep. 2019 After that search was fruitless, authorities turned their attention to the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority’s trash-to-energy plant in Hartford’s South Meadows. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Police suspect a hunting switchblade was used to kill Jennifer Farber Dulos. A Hartford man sold it for $10.," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fruitless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of fruitless was in the 14th century

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fruitless

adjective
How to pronounce fruitless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fruitless

: producing no good results : not successful

fruitless

adjective
fruit·​less | \ ˈfrüt-ləs How to pronounce fruitless (audio) \

Kids Definition of fruitless

1 : not bearing fruit fruitless trees
2 : unsuccessful a fruitless search

Other Words from fruitless

fruitlessly adverb

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