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fruitless

[froot-lis] /ˈfrut lɪs/
adjective
1.
useless; unproductive; without results or success:
a fruitless search for the missing treasure.
2.
bearing no fruit; barren.
Origin of fruitless
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at fruit, -less
Related forms
fruitlessly, adverb
fruitlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. futile, unavailing, vain. 2. sterile.
Antonyms
1. useful, profitable. 2. fertile.
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fruitless

/ˈfruːtlɪs/
adjective
1.
yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual
2.
without fruit
Derived Forms
fruitlessly, adverb
fruitlessness, 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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