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

Other Words from unfruitful

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

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Examples of unfruitful in a Sentence

disappointed to discover that the mare was unfruitful
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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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