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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told Iran's Press TV on Friday that the talks in Vienna had not been fruitless. David Rising, Star Tribune, "Positive atmosphere, little progress in Iran nuclear talks," 9 Apr. 2021 Despite reams of increasingly apocalyptic research, and despite 25 years of largely fruitless international climate negotiations, carbon emissions have continued to rise, and temperatures along with them. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, "We’re Hurtling Toward Global Suicide," 18 Mar. 2021 After six months of fruitless, on-again, off-again negotiations, lawmakers were forced into action this month. Mike Dorning,, "Trump, Congress Dysfunction Delayed Vital Aid in Year of Crises," 22 Dec. 2020 After more than two years of fruitless negotiations with the state’s Republican senators, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, Goldberg said, Obama in February 2016 nominated U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon, whose confirmation was predictably blocked. Bob Egelko,, "Republicans are already packing the lower courts, even in California," 15 Oct. 2020 Investors are hoping that Congress will agree on a new stimulus deal, despite fruitless negotiations in recent months. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks rally on hopes for a stimulus package," 28 Sep. 2020 Example: Certain customers will only buy Apple or Android products, and trying to convert one to another would likely be fruitless. Greg Petro, Forbes, "Retailers And Brands May Offend Some To Align With Their “Tribe”," 12 Mar. 2021 The second experience was Obama’s fruitless search for bipartisan support on his healthcare legislation in 2010, a months-long quest that nearly torpedoed the entire bill. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Joe Biden had a choice: Go big or go bipartisan. He opted for big," 7 Feb. 2021 Trump allies have seized on that error, and other alleged irregularities, in their fruitless quest for evidence of election rigging through equipment made by Dominion Voting Systems. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Trump tweet wrongly suggests there were defects with Michigan voting machines," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of fruitless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fruitless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fruitless

: producing no good results : not successful


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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