Definition of fruitless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfro͞otləs/


1Failing to achieve the desired results; unproductive or useless: his fruitless attempts to publish poetry
More example sentences
  • And when their efforts again prove mostly fruitless, the cycle starts anew.
  • 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.
futile, vain, in vain, to no avail, to no effect, idle;
ineffectual, ineffective, inefficacious;
archaic bootless
2(Of a tree or plant) not producing fruit.



Pronunciation: /ˈfro͞otləslē/
Example sentences
  • Don't waste energy fruitlessly pursuing it; distract yourself with something productive, be it whittling, knitting or washing dishes.
  • As he had done, fruitlessly, so many times before, he raised his voice in the chill air to sing a melody which he and Richard - no mean musician himself - had composed together.
  • Ignorant of the word ‘pushchair’, she fruitlessly searched London for plastic covers for her ‘stroller’.


Example sentences
  • Acknowledging the basic fruitlessness of human existence is important, but so is grinning.
  • For further proof of the fruitlessness of the efforts in either penalty box there was the final frantic exchanges in County's box.
  • The depiction of the brutality and fruitlessness of war leaves a lasting impact on the reader.

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Syllabification: fruit·less

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