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 unfruitfully (audio) \ adverb
unfruitfulness noun

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Examples of unfruitful in a Sentence

disappointed to discover that the mare was unfruitful
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

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First Known Use of unfruitful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfruitful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfruitful. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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