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.’
    • ‘The years 1820-3 were thus largely taken up with a fruitless pursuit of operatic success.’
    • ‘Answering ads in professional or trade journals can be just as fruitless.’
    • ‘The strike vote forced an equally fruitless meeting with the Liberal Democrat and independent council cabinet.’
    • ‘Some of the second round confrontations were as fruitless as those of the first.’
    • ‘I have seen women who worked with diet alone conceive when previous efforts were fruitless.’
    • ‘The title means nothing, and locating meaning in the film is a mostly fruitless challenge.’
    • ‘Months of fruitless negotiations culminated in the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.’
    • ‘And when their efforts again prove mostly fruitless, the cycle starts anew.’
    • ‘After fifteen minutes of fruitless searching among the " lifestyle " titles, I was in despair.’
    • ‘Convoys of senior diplomats converged on the theatre for hours of frustrating and fruitless negotiations.’
    • ‘He retraced his steps and spent an hour in fruitless search on the street.’
    • ‘They waited for another opportunity to receive a signal but this proved fruitless too.’
    • ‘Shortly after returning from a fruitless search he took ill and died from tuberculosis.’
    • ‘Sam stopped resisting after a bit, finding it to be a fruitless endeavor.’
    • ‘Trying to make ourselves stronger than everyone else is surely an unproductive, ultimately fruitless endeavor.’
    • ‘But measuring the group's many recordings against each other is ultimately 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.’
    • ‘Last week's picket forced the council to concede hours of informal and ultimately fruitless talks.’
    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.