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

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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

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

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