Definition of fruitless in English:



  • 1Failing to achieve the desired results; unproductive or useless.

    ‘his fruitless attempts to publish poetry’
    • ‘Many fruitless attempts had been made to set these aside or modify them.’
    • ‘But measuring the group's many recordings against each other is ultimately fruitless.’
    • ‘After fifteen minutes of fruitless searching among the " lifestyle " titles, I was in despair.’
    • ‘They waited for another opportunity to receive a signal but this proved fruitless too.’
    • ‘Months of fruitless negotiations culminated in the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.’
    • ‘Some of the second round confrontations were as fruitless as those of the first.’
    • ‘The years 1820-3 were thus largely taken up with a fruitless pursuit of operatic success.’
    • ‘Trying to make ourselves stronger than everyone else is surely an unproductive, ultimately fruitless endeavor.’
    • ‘I have seen women who worked with diet alone conceive when previous efforts were fruitless.’
    • ‘And when their efforts again prove mostly fruitless, the cycle starts anew.’
    • ‘Last week's picket forced the council to concede hours of informal and ultimately fruitless talks.’
    • ‘The title means nothing, and locating meaning in the film is a mostly fruitless challenge.’
    • ‘Answering ads in professional or trade journals can be just as fruitless.’
    • ‘His essay concludes with a look at the Netherlands' largely fruitless efforts to establish a New World empire.’
    • ‘The police insisted this was a coincidence and urged young people to avoid such drastic and fruitless pursuits.’
    • ‘The strike vote forced an equally fruitless meeting with the Liberal Democrat and independent council cabinet.’
    • ‘Convoys of senior diplomats converged on the theatre for hours of frustrating and fruitless negotiations.’
    • ‘Sam stopped resisting after a bit, finding it to be a fruitless endeavor.’
    • ‘He retraced his steps and spent an hour in fruitless search on the street.’
    • ‘Shortly after returning from a fruitless search he took ill and died from tuberculosis.’
    futile, vain, in vain, to no avail, to no effect, idle
    pointless, useless, worthless, needless, wasted, hollow
    ineffectual, ineffective, inefficacious
    unproductive, unrewarding, profitless, unsuccessful, unavailing, barren, for naught
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  • 2(of a tree or plant) not producing fruit.

    ‘a banana leaf from a fruitless palm’