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fruitless

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  1. useless; unproductive; without results or success: a fruitless search for the missing treasure.
  2. bearing no fruit; barren.

Origin of fruitless

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at fruit, -less
Related formsfruit·less·ly, adverbfruit·less·ness, noun

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1. futile, unavailing, vain. 2. sterile.

Antonyms

1. useful, profitable. 2. fertile.
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fruitless

adjective
  1. yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual
  2. without fruit
Derived Formsfruitlessly, adverbfruitlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fruitless

adj.

mid-14c., "unprofitable," from fruit + -less. Meaning "barren, sterile" is from 1510s. Related: Fruitlessly.

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