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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


1, 3. See productive.


1. barren.
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Examples from the Web for fruitfully

Historical Examples

  • You might talk as fruitfully of making the hair grow on your head.

    The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • She could talk, and never so fruitfully as when the subject was her garden.


    Mary Austin

  • And it is just when work becomes difficult that contrivances and hints are most fruitfully evolved.

    The Boy's Voice

    J. Spencer Curwen

  • All the faculties of the poet are used for preparing this naked greatness—are used and fruitfully spent and shed.

    The Rhythm of Life

    Alice Meynell

  • This does not imply that Erasmus's mind did not directly and fruitfully influence his own times.

British Dictionary definitions for fruitfully


  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 fruitfully



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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