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

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disappointed to discover that the mare was unfruitful
Recent Examples on the Web But some clues are available that may help predict what happens when results are tallied Tuesday – though prognostications on the 2016 election proved wildly unfruitful. cleveland, "With Election Day approaching, here’s what you need to know about the presidential election in Ohio," 1 Nov. 2020 The family is now staying in the Medford Girl Scout Shelter and seeking out housing elsewhere with six other family members, after a search for their own home was unfruitful, with houses in some cases going for $30,000 to $50,000 over asking price. Julia Thomas, The New Republic, "Election Season Is Wildfire Season. These Voters Lost Everything.," 29 Oct. 2020 But that money is largely spent now, and talks to allocate more have been unfruitful: Democrats refuse to lower their stimulus ask of $2.2 trillion, and the White House won't come up from its offer of $1.3 trillion. Fortune, "What the unemployed need from the 2020 election," 30 Sep. 2020 Even if the #FightForX1 proves unfruitful and fans aren't able to see the 11 come together again, there's a larger statement being said here that fans aren't sitting idly anymore. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "X1 Fans Are Still Fighting For K-Pop Group After It Disbanded: Why It Matters," 15 Jan. 2020 Indeed, one of the greatest challenges in the field of psychiatry has been that research into the genetics of psychiatry has been — until very recently — largely unfruitful. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Uses and Abuses of the Term ‘Mental Illness’," 26 Sep. 2019 After three days of unfruitful attempts, the team trying to capture the animal has reached out to biologists and other experts who recommended a machine used underwater to mimic the sound of a baby alligator. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "Humboldt Park alligator stays out of sight as effort to capture beast enters 4th day," 12 July 2019 While the search for the shipwreck proved unfruitful, the dive encountered interesting biological phenomenon including at least 11 sharks circling and feeding on the carcass of an 8-foot-long swordfish. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Video captures deep-sea fish swallowing a shark," 8 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of unfruitful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfruitful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfruitful. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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