Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Producing no fruit.
  • adj. Unproductive of success: a fruitless search. See Synonyms at futile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Useless; unproductive.
  • adj. Bearing no fruit; barren.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lacking, or not bearing, fruit; barren; destitute of offspring
  • adj. Productive of no advantage or good effect; vain; idle; useless; unprofitable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not bearing fruit; destitute of fruit or offspring: as, a fruitless plant; a fruitless marriage.
  • Productive of or attended by no advantage or good result; ineffective; useless; idle: as, a fruitless attempt; a, fruitless controversy.
  • Synonyms Barren, unprofitable, profitless Ineffectual, Unavailing, etc. (see useless); vain, idle, abortive, bootless, futile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unproductive of success

Etymologies

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fruit +‎ -less

Examples

  • The extent of the division became further apparent as a German member of the ECB, Jürgen Stark, bluntly urged governments from the bloc of euro-using nations to halt what he called the "fruitless" discussion over a private-sector role in a new Greek bailout.

    Rift Over Greece Deepens in Europe

  • Frustrated with what she describes as fruitless and repetitive interviews, Ms. Abbas resigned from her Guantanamo post in 2002, and returned to another sales job in California.

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  • The results confirm that a gene known as "fruitless" is a key factor underlying sexual differences in behavior.

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  • Contentment must spring from the mind, and she who seeks happiness by changing anything but her own disposition, will waste her life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the things she wishes to remove.

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  • "Contentment must spring from the mind, and she who seeks happiness by changing anything but her own disposition, will waste her life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the things she wishes to remove."

    Contentment

  • This makes it possible to constantly move towards our goals and not get caught up in fruitless opportunity chasing.

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  • George spent another ten minutes in fruitless argument, but without success.

    A New Beginning

  • After establishing the precise location (or locations) of the mutation, researchers can determine the sequence of biochemical information in fruitless's genetic code — the order of thousands of units of the basic genetic components adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine.

    Homosexuality and Biology

  • Some gene mutations are lethal to flies; fruitless is not one of these, nor does it cause illness.

    Homosexuality and Biology

  • Job-creation programs, you see, were ideologically bad as far as he was concerned because they usually ended up in fruitless dig-a-hole-then-fill-a-hole schemes and only provided temporary jobs that did not lead to anything.

    The Washington View

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