Examples of fruitless in a Sentence
They made a fruitless attempt to find a solution.
It would be fruitless to continue.
Recent Examples of fruitless from the Web
Projecting what the selection committee’s entire Top 25 will look like would be too much fruitless guesswork.
Still, this correspondence wasn’t entirely fruitless: An American woman named Theodicia Carpenter read about Joshee’s situation in the Missionary Review and promptly began a long distance correspondence with Joshee.
Choi favors compromise and makes several fruitless visits to the Qing war camp, but the king refuses to consider the enemy’s demand to turn over the crown prince as a hostage to obtain a cessation of hostilities.
All the effort may be fruitless, though, if a New York Times analysis holds true.
Looking for respectability and approval from white people will always be as fruitless a task as a chicken’s attempt to convince a fox to respect the boundaries of the henhouse.
Coutinho's attempt to push the move forward by submitting a transfer request was also fruitless.
Past peace efforts have been fruitless, either from bad faith, miscalculation or bad timing.
These fruitless legal battles have generated a lot of headlines and a mountain of legal fees for the lawyers, but not much else.
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First Known Use of fruitless
Synonymsabortive, barren, bootless, empty, futile, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, otiose, profitless, unavailing, unproductive, unprofitable, unsuccessful, useless, vain
Antonymsdeadly, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, fruitful, potent, productive, profitable, successful, virtuous
Related Wordshollow, idle, meaningless, pointless, valueless, worthless; hopeless, impossible, lost, no-win, unattainable; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; counterproductive
Near Antonymsmeaningful, worthwhile; adequate, sufficient; applicable, feasible, functional, practicable, practical, realizable, usable (also useable), workable
Synonym Discussion of fruitless
- resistance had proved so futile that surrender was the only choice left
- a vain attempt to get the car started
- fruitless efforts to obtain a lasting peace
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