un·​fruit·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce unfruitful (audio) \

Definition of unfruitful

: not fruitful: such as
a : not producing offspring : barren
b : yielding no valuable result : unprofitable an unfruitful conference

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Other Words from unfruitful

unfruitfully \ ˌən-​ˈfrüt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce unfruitfully (audio) \ adverb
unfruitfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for unfruitful


barren, fruitless, impotent, infertile, sterile


fat, fertile, fruitful

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Examples of unfruitful in a Sentence

disappointed to discover that the mare was unfruitful

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Three 10-day contracts, three unfruitful training camps and dozens of G-League connecting flights later, Cook has ultimately cemented his spot within—perhaps—the next great NBA dynasty. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "The Winding NBA Journey of the Warriors' Quinn Cook," 24 Apr. 2018 One of the top executives at Allen & Company, a boutique investment firm founded in 1922 that is famously publicity averse, didn’t return an e-mail asking about Rose, and a call to the company’s Fifth Avenue offices was likewise unfruitful. Joe Pompeo, The Hive, "“Um, Charlie Rose?”: One of the #MeToo-Disappeared Surfaces on the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Guest List," 8 June 2018 But this has been Donald Jr.'s defense all along: that since no Clinton dirt ever materialized in that conference room, his efforts to collude proved unfruitful, and there can be nothing untoward about his conduct. Jay Willis, GQ, "Donald Trump Jr.’s Explanations for the Trump Tower Russia Meeting Don't Add Up," 16 May 2018 Back in 1980, Ashby and Fowler became patients of Mortimer after unfruitful attempts to conceive. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Woman takes Ancestry.com DNA test, learns her real dad is her mom’s doctor," 4 Apr. 2018 The announcement follows weeks of unfruitful negotiations with California regulators who are using their waiver as leverage in an effort to fight changes. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "EPA Will Ease Vehicle-Emissions Standards," 2 Apr. 2018 The Armenian, who joined the Gunners in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, has been given a new lease of life at the Emirates Stadium following an unfruitful period under Jose Mourinho and has admitted that things didn't go according to plan at United. SI.com, "Arsenal New Boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan Believes He Left Manchester United at the 'Best Time'," 13 Feb. 2018 Trustee Ann McKaig said village officials have been reaching out to restaurant owners about opening a restaurant in one of Shorewood's vacant storefronts, but those conversations have so far proved unfruitful. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood is tapped out of liquor licenses, leading to some concerns about ability to attract future business," 7 Mar. 2018 Leicester City have again sent scouts to Portugal in an attempt to bring in more talent from the Primeira Liga, but this time suffered an unfruitful trip. SI.com, "Leicester Experience Unsuccessful Transfer Scouting Trip to Portugal as Liverpool Thrash Porto," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unfruitful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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