fruit·less | \ˈfrüt-ləs \

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

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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.

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These assumptions make our conversation frustrating and fruitless. Walter Sinnott-armstrong, WSJ, "To Get Along Better, We Need Better Arguments," 12 July 2018 So all that fruitless budgeting comes out of her finite amount of time. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "How one Houston high school is dealing with HISD budget cuts," 12 June 2018 Maybe after a fruitless stand against Judge Kavanaugh, Democrats will realize legislating and trying to win voters are better strategies than ruling by fiat and mobbing public servants. WSJ, "Senate Losses Are Worth the Risk for Democrats," 12 July 2018 With his son still missing days later, B.J. began a fruitless search. Kc Baker,, "Suspects' Mom and Girlfriend Allegedly Knew Missing 16-Year-Old Was Murdered — but Said Nothing," 12 July 2018 Distraught after a fruitless day of shopping (or after a tiring trip to Legoland)? Kara Baskin,, "Tables: The Smoke Shop opens in Somerville, and a Revival we can get behind," 5 July 2018 In that regard, perhaps the Sixers’ fruitless meeting with LeBron’s people really was the genuine kind of courtesy. David Murphy,, "How LeBron James' decision may change Sixers' Star Hunt approach | David Murphy," 2 July 2018 Trying to sell that to public investors seems fruitless. New York Times, "Despite Caution Over Cryptocurrency, Investors Are Bullish," 27 June 2018 Thus begins the second part of this saga: the fruitless search for answers—and the strange form of madness that seems to overcome anyone who gets too close to the subject. The Economist, "The tale of the “Lost Colony” is a chronicle of delusion," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of fruitless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fruitless

: producing no good results : not successful


fruit·less | \ˈfrüt-ləs \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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