Definition of fruitless in English:

fruitless

adjective

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

    ‘his fruitless attempts to publish poetry’
    • ‘Some of the second round confrontations were as fruitless as those of the first.’
    • ‘After fifteen minutes of fruitless searching among the " lifestyle " titles, I was in despair.’
    • ‘And when their efforts again prove mostly fruitless, the cycle starts anew.’
    • ‘Many fruitless attempts had been made to set these aside or modify them.’
    • ‘They waited for another opportunity to receive a signal but this proved fruitless too.’
    • ‘The police insisted this was a coincidence and urged young people to avoid such drastic and fruitless pursuits.’
    • ‘Convoys of senior diplomats converged on the theatre for hours of frustrating and fruitless negotiations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have seen women who worked with diet alone conceive when previous efforts were fruitless.’
    • ‘He retraced his steps and spent an hour in fruitless search on the street.’
    • ‘The years 1820-3 were thus largely taken up with a fruitless pursuit of operatic success.’
    • ‘But measuring the group's many recordings against each other is ultimately fruitless.’
    • ‘Shortly after returning from a fruitless search he took ill and died from tuberculosis.’
    • ‘Answering ads in professional or trade journals can be just as fruitless.’
    • ‘Trying to make ourselves stronger than everyone else is surely an unproductive, ultimately fruitless endeavor.’
    • ‘His essay concludes with a look at the Netherlands' largely fruitless efforts to establish a New World empire.’
    • ‘Months of fruitless negotiations culminated in the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.’
    • ‘The strike vote forced an equally fruitless meeting with the Liberal Democrat and independent council cabinet.’
    • ‘Sam stopped resisting after a bit, finding it to be a fruitless endeavor.’
    futile, vain, in vain, to no avail, to no effect, idle
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  • 2(of a tree or plant) not producing fruit.

Pronunciation

fruitless

/ˈfrutləs//ˈfro͞otləs/