- useless; unproductive; without results or success: a fruitless search for the missing treasure.
- bearing no fruit; barren.
Origin of fruitless
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1. futile, unavailing, vain. 2. sterile.
1. useful, profitable. 2. fertile.
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Examples from the Web for fruitless
The latter had had a lovely if fruitless game, running rings around the U.S. defense but failing, repeatedly, to score.Team USA Goes Down Swinging in 2-1 World Cup Loss to Belgium
July 1, 2014
"My pre-emptive action of hand shaking was fruitless," Hatami said, explaining the kiss.The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and an Actress to Be Flogged in Public
May 23, 2014
My search was fruitless, and after a while I gave it up and came back to find Mr. Wilde squatting on his high chair by the table.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Let's wait to see if both top diplomats make it to that table before declaring diplomacy a fruitless exercise.Rouhani at the U.N.—Disappointment or Success?
September 25, 2013
With Watergate closing in, Nixon fired Haldeman and Ehrlichman in a fruitless effort to insulate himself.The Nixon Home Movies: Glimpses of Tragedy in ‘Our Nixon’
August 24, 2013
The owners of the factory wasted no time in fruitless sorrow.Cleveland Past and Present
I must thank you that I did not take a fruitless journey into Bristol.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He foresaw that any attempt at exculpation would be as fruitless as dangerous.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Christians around us living a sickly, feeble, fruitless life!The Ministry of Intercession
It was mere sophistry, and deceiving, fruitless, and unprofitable.Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
- yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual
- without fruit
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Word Origin and History for fruitless
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