fruitless

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adjective fruit·less \ˈfrüt-ləs\

Definition of fruitless

  1. 1 :  unsuccessful a fruitless attempt

  2. 2 :  lacking or not bearing fruit

fruitlessly

adverb

fruitlessness

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Examples of fruitless in a Sentence

  1. They made a fruitless attempt to find a solution.

  2. It would be fruitless to continue.

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14th Century

First Known Use of fruitless

14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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

FRUITLESS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of fruitless for English Language Learners

  • : producing no good results : not successful


FRUITLESS Defined for Kids

fruitless

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adjective fruit·less \ˈfrüt-ləs\

Definition of fruitless for Students

  1. 1 :  not bearing fruit fruitless trees

  2. 2 :  unsuccessful a fruitless search

fruitlessly

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