fruit·​ful | \ ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce fruitful (audio) \

Definition of fruitful

1a : yielding or producing fruit fruitful soil
b : conducive to an abundant yield fruitful rain
2 : abundantly productive a fruitful discussion a fruitful career

Other Words from fruitful

fruitfully \ ˈfrüt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce fruitful (audio) \ adverb
fruitfulness noun

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fertile, fecund, fruitful, prolific mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. fertile implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth fertile soil ; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development. a fertile imagination fecund emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring. a fecund herd fruitful adds to fertile and fecund the implication of desirable or useful results. fruitful research prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction. a prolific writer

Examples of fruitful in a Sentence

We had a fruitful discussion about the problems with the schedule. a very fruitful tree that gives us plenty of apples every year
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the downtime proved fruitful in more ways than one. Meaghan Garvey, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2022 The Monegasque princess is an accomplished showjumper in her own right, and the move proved fruitful with the moment going viral on social media. Nick Remsen, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 Satkowski said Thursday the department received tips every day since the incident, but none had proved fruitful. Seamus Mcavoy,, 23 Dec. 2021 Those final weeks of the race proved fruitful for Youngkin in welcoming back both White women who had abandoned the party during the Trump era and those who no longer related with the Democratic Party, especially in rural parts of the state. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 Investigations of Proxima Centauri have proved more fruitful, revealing a possibly Earth-sized world dubbed Proxima b, while another planet—Proxima c—has also been hinted at. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2021 The transformation of victims into agents has in many respects proved very fruitful. J.h. Elliott, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2021 Eno’s narrow and incessant philosophizing, however, quickly limits the play from exploring other themes that may have otherwise proved more fruitful. Maya Phillips, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2021 That bond proved fruitful as Quinn helped Franklin navigate certain corners of showbiz, gathering contacts and setting up meetings with key players. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 9 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fruitful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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fruit·​ful | \ ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce fruitful (audio) \

Kids Definition of fruitful

1 : very productive a fruitful soil
2 : bringing results a fruitful idea

Other Words from fruitful

fruitfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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