un·​fruit·​ful ˌən-ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce unfruitful (audio)
: not fruitful: such as
: not producing offspring : barren
: yielding no valuable result : unprofitable
an unfruitful conference
unfruitfully adverb
unfruitfulness noun

Examples of unfruitful in a Sentence

disappointed to discover that the mare was unfruitful
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfruitful was in the 14th century

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“Unfruitful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfruitful. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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un·​fruit·​ful ˌən-ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce unfruitful (audio)
: not bearing fruit or offspring
: not producing a desired result
unfruitful efforts

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