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  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.
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Origin of fruitful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at fruit, -ful
Related formsfruit·ful·ly, adverbfruit·ful·ness, nouno·ver·fruit·ful, adjectiveo·ver·fruit·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·fruit·ful·ness, noun


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1, 3. See productive.


1. barren.
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  1. bearing fruit in abundance
  2. productive or prolific, esp in bearing offspring
  3. causing or assisting prolific growth
  4. producing results or profitsa fruitful discussion
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Derived Formsfruitfully, adverbfruitfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fruitful


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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