fruitless

[ froot-lis ]
/ ˈfrut lɪs /

adjective

useless; unproductive; without results or success: a fruitless search for the missing treasure.
bearing no fruit; barren.

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Origin of fruitless

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at fruit, -less

OTHER WORDS FROM fruitless

fruit·less·ly, adverbfruit·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fruitless

fruitless
/ (ˈfruːtlɪs) /

adjective

yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual
without fruit

Derived forms of fruitless

fruitlessly, adverbfruitlessness, noun
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