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
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.
After each team exchanged fruitless drives, the Raiders got the ball back –– down six points –– at their own 15-yard line with a little more than 2 minutes left.
Critical time and resources can be spent on fruitless tests before all other possibilities are ruled out.
Hotez said it’s fruitless to enter a debate when facts are disregarded.
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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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