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[ froot-lis ]


  1. useless; unproductive; without results or success:

    a fruitless search for the missing treasure.

    Synonyms: vain, unavailing, futile

    Antonyms: profitable, useful

  2. bearing no fruit; barren.

    Synonyms: sterile

    Antonyms: fertile


/ ˈfruːtlɪs /


  1. yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual
  2. without fruit

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfruitlessly, adverb
  • ˈfruitlessness, noun

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Other Words From

  • fruitless·ly adverb
  • fruitless·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fruitless1

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

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Example Sentences

My first few attempts to access Dunbar Creek via the bridge on Sea Island were dead-end, fruitless chases.

From Vox

He also thinks that, even after decades of fruitless discussion, it’s finally gaining steam.

The impending change in self-isolation protocol made it seem especially fruitless.

However, my largely fruitless examination of the state-by-state figures did turn up a few points of interest.

From Time

For as long as I’ve been hiking, finding trail pants that really fit has been a fruitless endeavor.

The site runs tremendously slowly, and its attempts to interact with members through a messaging platform have proven fruitless.

The latter had had a lovely if fruitless game, running rings around the U.S. defense but failing, repeatedly, to score.

"My pre-emptive action of hand shaking was fruitless," Hatami said, explaining the kiss.

My search was fruitless, and after a while I gave it up and came back to find Mr. Wilde squatting on his high chair by the table.

The effort proved fruitless, with the locals alleging they had not seen or heard a thing.

His search has always hitherto been fruitless, and he has sunk back, disheartened, into the sea.

Our progress became monotonous, a succession of fruitless attempts to advance; hopeless, like wandering in a subtle maze.

After this, I made several attempts to give her the Small-pox by inoculation, but they all proved fruitless.

Nothing could be more simple, more just, more useful; but his efforts were fruitless.

Abercrombie, finding the attack fruitless, ordered a retreat after a contest of near four hours.





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