fruitful

[ froot-fuhl ]
/ ˈfrut fəl /
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adjective

producing good results; beneficial; profitable: fruitful investigations.
abounding in fruit, as trees or other plants; bearing fruit abundantly.
producing an abundant growth, as of fruit: fruitful soil; fruitful rain.

Nearby words

  1. fruitcover,
  2. fruitdot,
  3. fruited,
  4. fruiter,
  5. fruiterer,
  6. fruitfully,
  7. fruiting body,
  8. fruition,
  9. fruitive,
  10. fruitless

Origin of fruitful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at fruit, -ful

SYNONYMS FOR fruitful
1, 3. See productive.

ANTONYMS FOR fruitful
1. barren.

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British Dictionary definitions for fruitfully

fruitful

/ (ˈfruːtfʊl) /

adjective

bearing fruit in abundance
productive or prolific, esp in bearing offspring
causing or assisting prolific growth
producing results or profitsa fruitful discussion
Derived Formsfruitfully, adverbfruitfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fruitfully

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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