unfruitful

[ uhn-froot-fuhl ]
/ ʌnˈfrut fəl /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. unfriend,
  2. unfriended,
  3. unfriendly,
  4. unfrock,
  5. unfroze,
  6. unfulfilled,
  7. unfunded,
  8. unfunded debt,
  9. unfunny,
  10. unfurl

Origin of unfruitful

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

Related formsun·fruit·ful·ly, adverbun·fruit·ful·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unfruitful

unfruitful

/ (ʌnˈfruːtfʊl) /

adjective

barren, unproductive, or unprofitable
failing to produce or develop into fruit
Derived Formsunfruitfully, adverbunfruitfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unfruitful

unfruitful

adj.

late 14c., "barren," from un- (1) "not" + fruitful. Originally literal; figurative sense is attested from c.1400. Related: Unfruitfully; unfruitfulness.

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