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fruitless

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of fruitless

  1. 1 producing no results this argument is totally fruitless, as neither of us will change our position Synonyms of fruitless abortive, barren, bootless, empty, futile, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, otiose, profitless, unavailing, unproductive, unprofitable, unsuccessful, useless, vainWords Related to fruitless hollow, idle, meaningless, pointless, valueless, worthless; hopeless, impossible, lost, no-win, unattainable; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; counterproductiveNear Antonyms of fruitless meaningful, worthwhile; adequate, sufficient; applicable, feasible, functional, practicable, practical, realizable, usable (also useable), workableAntonyms of fruitless deadly, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, fruitful, potent, productive, profitable, successful, virtuous

  2. 2 not able to produce fruit or offspring a stand of blighted, fruitless trees Synonyms of fruitless barren, sterile, impotent, infertile, unfruitfulWords Related to fruitless altered, desexed, neutered, sterilized; castrated, emasculated, gelded; spayed; unproductiveNear Antonyms of fruitless fecund, luxuriant, productive, prolific; enriched, fertilized, rich; impregnated, pregnant; potent; bearing, producing, yielding; blooming, bursting, flourishing, swarming, teemingAntonyms of fruitless fat, fertile, fruitful

Synonym Discussion of fruitless

futile, vain, fruitless mean producing no result. futile may connote completeness of failure or unwisdom of undertaking.
    • resistance had proved so futile that surrender was the only choice left
vain usually implies simple failure to achieve a desired result.
    • a vain attempt to get the car started
fruitless comes close to vain but often suggests long and arduous effort or severe disappointment.
    • fruitless efforts to obtain a lasting peace


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