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fruitful

[froot-fuh l] /ˈfrut fəl/
adjective
1.
producing good results; beneficial; profitable:
fruitful investigations.
2.
abounding in fruit, as trees or other plants; bearing fruit abundantly.
3.
producing an abundant growth, as of fruit:
fruitful soil; fruitful rain.
Origin of fruitful
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at fruit, -ful
Related forms
fruitfully, adverb
fruitfulness, noun
overfruitful, adjective
overfruitfully, adverb
overfruitfulness, noun
Synonyms
1, 3. See productive.
Antonyms
1. barren.
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Examples from the Web for fruitful
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  • fruitful seasons have done much to secure it, but they have not done all.

  • The performance furnished a fruitful harvest for the life-savers.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • As Shakespeare is the amplest of poets, so were theirs the most fruitful of courts.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • O why should such glorious qualifications be the fruitful source of woe!

  • No human repentance is enough to equalise deadly sin and be fruitful.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
British Dictionary definitions for fruitful

fruitful

/ˈfruːtfʊl/
adjective
1.
bearing fruit in abundance
2.
productive or prolific, esp in bearing offspring
3.
causing or assisting prolific growth
4.
producing results or profits: a fruitful discussion
Derived Forms
fruitfully, adverb
fruitfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fruitful
adj.

c.1300, of trees, from fruit + -ful. Related: Fruitfully; fruitfulness. Of animals or persons from early 16c.; of immaterial things from 1530s.

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