[ froot-fuhl ]
See synonyms for: fruitfulfruitfulness on

  1. producing good results; beneficial; profitable: fruitful investigations.

  2. abounding in fruit, as trees or other plants; bearing fruit abundantly.

  1. producing an abundant growth, as of fruit: fruitful soil; fruitful rain.

Origin of fruitful

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; fruit + -ful

synonym study For fruitful

1, 3. See productive.

Opposites for fruitful

Other words from fruitful

  • fruit·ful·ly, adverb
  • fruit·ful·ness, noun
  • o·ver·fruit·ful, adjective
  • o·ver·fruit·ful·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·fruit·ful·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fruitful in a sentence

  • In the film, Noah blesses his children with fruitfulness, instead of God doing it.

  • And the lambs shall feed according to their order, and strangers shall eat the deserts turned into fruitfulness.

  • In Asia the fruitfulness is said to be still greater, and there the wine keeps, in unpitched vessels, through three generations.

    The Art of Drinking | Georg Gottfried Gervinus
  • And they that neglect this must not look for the kind showers of divine grace, to give fruitfulness to their souls.

  • The highest service demands the greatest sacrifice, but it secures the fullest blessing and the greatest fruitfulness.

    Separation and Service | James Hudson Taylor
  • This American facility of electrical invention has one great cause, one specific reason for its fruitfulness.

    Steam Steel and Electricity | James W. Steele

British Dictionary definitions for fruitful


/ (ˈfruːtfʊl) /

  1. bearing fruit in abundance

  2. productive or prolific, esp in bearing offspring

  1. causing or assisting prolific growth

  2. producing results or profits: a fruitful discussion

Derived forms of fruitful

  • fruitfully, adverb
  • fruitfulness, noun

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