from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not bearing fruit or offspring; barren.
- adj. Not productive of a good or useful result.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to not bearing fruit (usually figuratively).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not producing fruit or offspring; unproductive; infertile; barren; sterile
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not fruitful, in any sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production
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Praise be to God, my life cannot be called unfruitful; but, compared with the wise Gotthard Lenz and his stout-hearted son Rudlieb, I look upon myself as an esquire who has perhaps been some few times to tourneys, and, besides that, has never hunted out his own forests.
This sin of all others may be termed the unfruitful work of darkness.
The Blue Laws of Connecticut in 1650 denounced gambling because it fostered too much "unfruitful" time.
Less forgivable is that Behe dismissed such research as 'unfruitful'.
-- The most healthy classes have the most numerous families; but that, as luxury enervates society, it diminishes the population, by enfeebling parents, nature preferring none rather than those too weakly to live and be happy, and thereby rendering that union unfruitful which is too feeble to produce offspring sufficiently strong to enjoy life.
[Verse 8] Such lives are "not idle," they are active; they are not "unfruitful," they are efficient.
The only times I've ever tried have been unfruitful.
After many unfruitful hunts waiting for a good buck, i decided it was time to get one in the freezer.
If you were to get down on all fours and try to shake off water after a shower, your efforts would be most unfruitful.
I suspect that as a profession would be better off spending more time at the margin looking at ideas like Ormerod's, even if they ultimately prove unfruitful.