[ uhn-froot-fuhl ]
/ ʌnˈfrut fəl /


not providing satisfaction; unprofitable: unfruitful efforts.
not producing offspring; sterile: an unfruitful marriage.
not yielding good crops; infertile: unfruitful acres.
not bearing fruit; fruitless; barren: an unfruitful tree.

Origin of unfruitful

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, fruitful

Related forms

un·fruit·ful·ly, adverbun·fruit·ful·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unfruitful


/ (ʌnˈfruːtfʊl) /


barren, unproductive, or unprofitable
failing to produce or develop into fruit

Derived Forms

unfruitfully, adverbunfruitfulness, noun
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